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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: Carmen

    Booking until Feb 18

  • Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

    Opens Jan 20

  • Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka

    Opens Feb 02

  • Metropolitan Opera: I Puritani

    Opens Feb 10

  • Metropolitan Opera: Werther

    Opens Feb 16

Metropolitan Opera: Carmen

Until February 18, 2017

Richard Eyre's stunning production of Bizet's Carmen returns to the Met, with two of its leading ladies, Sophie Koch and Clementine Margaine,​ in the role of the title character. The world-renown opera tells the fiery story of Carmen and Don Jose, whose doomed love for her destroys them both.

Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

January 20-April 27, 2017

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: Rusalka

February 2-March 2, 2017

The Little Mermaid meets the brothers Grimm in this soulful fairytale from Antonin Dvorak. In a brand new production for the met, Mary Zimmerman imagines a hauntingly romantic world in which the water nymph Rusalka leaves the confines of her lake home in search of the love of a prince, at the cost of all she holds dear. Kristine Opolais stars alongside Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Eric Owens and Brandon Jovanovich . Mark Elder conducts.

Metropolitan Opera: I Puritani

February 10-28, 2017

Bellini's final work, a rousing bel canto set during the tumult of the English Civil War concerns a secret love that goes against the social and political divide that drives one of the lovers to the very edge of madness.

Metropolitan Opera: Werther

February 16-March 9, 2017

The irresistible tale of unrequited love unfolds tragically in Jules Massenet's lushly scored opera, based on Goethe's semi-autobiographical novel 'The Sorrows of Young Wether'. Sorrows they truly are as the brooding poet falls for the betrothed Charlotte and is driven to the brink of life itself when he realises his chance at winning her is ultimately doomed. Isabel Lenard stars as Charlotte, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as Wether, conducted by Edward Gardner.

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