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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

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Metropolitan Opera House is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex.

Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Year opened: 1966
Capacity: 3800

  • Concession stands
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  • Disabled access
  • Air conditioning
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

As part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, this venue dedicated to ballet and opera first opened in 1966, replacing the original Metropolitan Opera House that opened in 1883 on Broadway, but was too small for advancing technology and stagecraft. It has a total of 4,000 seats, making it the largest purpose-built opera house in the world.

Upcoming Highlights

  • American Ballet Theatre: Cinderella

    Booking until Jul 04

  • Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

    Opens Sep 23

  • Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena

    Opens Sep 26

  • Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

    Opens Oct 20

  • Metropolitan Opera: The Barber of Seville

    Opens Dec 16

American Ballet Theatre: Cinderella

Until July 4, 2015

With choreography by Frederick Ashton, this production is the American Ballet Theatre's second run of this version - said to be one of the world's greatest Cinderella ballets. A stunning corps, two hilarious stepsisters played by male dancers and costuming to die for, this lavish production was a huge hit when it premiered at the Met in 2014; the return of the work to the ABT repertory so soon demonstrates its enduring popularity. Performed to Prokofiev's haunting score, this romantic stage fantasy punctuated with wit, is designed to enrapture both children and the most ardent of ballet fans.

Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

September 23, 2015-January 30, 2016

Sworn against love by the death of her mother, proud Princess Turandot prefers watching her suitors meet a grisly end and having their heads placed on spikes at the palace gates, yet they still vie to win her hand. When Calaf takes up the challenge, the unattainable beauty may have met her match in this lavish spectacle and final masterpiece from Puccini.

Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena

September 26, 2015-January 9, 2016

This emotionally powerful opera depicts the last days of Anne Boleyn, the doomed second wife of England's heir-mad King Henry VIII. As his attention in his wife wains, her last days at court are numbered as he prepares the altar for his mistress and Anne's friend and confidant Jane Seymour. Defiant, but increasingly delusional as a fatal plot is cooked up against her.

Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

October 20-December 17, 2015

Director Michael Mayer's hit production of Verdi's powerful tragedy sees 1500s Mantua replaced by a seedy and gaudy Las Vegas in 1960; the ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence. As with many operas, the themes of revenge, mistaken identities and divine intervention feature heavily in this; something that was quite hidden in Victor Hugo's original novel until Verdi put it to music.

Metropolitan Opera: The Barber of Seville

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December 16, 2015-January 2, 2016

The Met Opera will stage Rossini's The Barber of Seville in English for the first time ever this Christmas. Performed countless times by the company before in its original Italian, a more family friendly staging was thought more appropriate for this festive season.

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