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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
  • Merchandise booths
  • 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

  • Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

    Booking until Jan 30

  • Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena

    Booking until Jan 09

  • Metropolitan Opera: Tannhauser

    Opens Oct 08

  • Metropolitan Opera: Tosca

    Opens Oct 16

  • Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

    Opens Oct 20

Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

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Until 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

Until 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: Tannhauser

October 8-31, 2015

Damnation awaits those who have enjoyed the pleasures of Venus, none more so than Tannhauser, the court minstrel who lives in the Venusberg - the home of the legendary deity, and pledges his love to her. But when his desires are satiated and he begs to leave, his hostess turns sour and curses his name. Once freed and able to live the simple life, he realises that the mark of Venus does not easily wash away.

Metropolitan Opera: Tosca

October 16-December 1, 2015

None other than the great Placido Domingo will take up the conductor's baton for Met Opera's new staging of Puccini's masterpiece. This tragic tale traces the fate the eponymous heroine, whose lover's political leanings find her in a web of misfortune and murder that ultimately leads to the downfall of all involved.

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.

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