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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: Guillaume Tell

    Booking until Nov 12

  • Metropolitan Opera: Jenufa

    Opens Oct 28

  • Metropolitan Opera: Aida

    Opens Nov 05

  • Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey

    Nov 13, 2016

  • Metropolitan Opera: Manon Lescaut

    Opens Nov 14

Metropolitan Opera: Guillaume Tell

Until November 12, 2016

Rossini's final masterpiece is this epic tale of oppression and power and how one man takes on the might of the 13th Century Austrian occupation at great cost, both physical and emotional as Gessel, the Austrian Governor places Tell's own son in the firing line. With a rousing score that evokes the rumbling of storms and joyous merriment, this triumphant opera is truly a thing to behold!

Metropolitan Opera: Jenufa

October 28-November 17, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera present Leos Janacek's 1904 seminal opera for the first time in nearly a decade this season. Familial honor is at stake, as a well-meaning woman takes terrible action to ensure her step-daughter's future in this emotionally overwrought psychological drama that pushes the performers and the audience. Starring Oksana Dya and Karita Mattia and conducted by David Robertson.

Metropolitan Opera: Aida

November 5, 2016-April 20, 2017

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska once again, alternating with Latonia Moore and Krassimira Stoyanova​. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radames.

Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey

November 13, 2016

Twenty two years after her dismissal by the Met's General Manager Joseph Volpe, Kathleen Battle returns to the Met Opera Stage. One of modern opera's true greats, Battle distinctive light lyric soprano voice saw her headlining opera houses the world over throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Metropolitan Opera: Manon Lescaut

November 14-December 10, 2016

Sir Richard Eyre's production sees Puccini's opera move from 18th century France to World War II occupied Paris, with Anna Netrebko and Marcelo Alvarez singing the lead roles in a tale of obsessive love between a country girl-turned temptress, and a poor student. But when the Germans arrest her under suspicion of spying, can Des Grieux save her from certain death?

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