The Metropolitan Opera (Metropolitan Opera)

Opera House, Concert Hall
70 Lincoln Center Plz (at Columbus Ave)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5000

Tips

  • Experience this magnificent venue at least once in your life. cross it off the bucket list! ;) The temp tends to fluctuate inside so dress in layers!
  • The center of the fifth step from the street provides the best POV for shooting the Met and the fountain in front.
  • The chandelier in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera was a gift from the Austrian government in 1966, when the building opened.
  • Weekday rush tickets (if you can spare four hours to wait in line) or standing-room tickets cost a mere $20. Or click through to find out how to enter the online weekend-rush lotto.
  • Designed by Wallace Kirkman Harrison who also designed the UN HQ. Auditorium seats 3800. 21 chandeliers are gifts from Austrian govt. Met Tiles on seat backs allow for translation. More info in blog.
  • Pro Tip: book dinner at the Grand Tier in advance. Your wine, appetizers and entree await at the first big intermission. Second intermission: chocolate souffl. Amazing!
  • Avoid the wait by pre-ordering your drinks for intermission before the curtain. Ask any bartender.
  • It doesn't get much better than this place! Love seeing operas here! Love the fountain and the chandeliers inside! So classy!
  • Watching the Joffrey Ballet perform here is always a treat, but when the Reagans came on March 15, 1981, it was extra special- their son Ron was one of the dancers performing that night.
  • the best in beauty and art
  • After a long while, it has finally found a great "Carmen". Latvia's Elina Garanca. Bravissima!
  • Watch this beautiful chandeliers rise and dim as the performance begins.
  • Great music. Indecent food within and around the premises. Bring your own survival kit, especially for Wagner.
  • Grand tier is THE BEST view - eye level with the stage!
  • World-class performances aside, the Met boasts NYC's must stunning chandeliers. The 2009 restoration of the lobby's starbursts was underwritten by Swarovski -- so you know they're gonna sparkle.
  • Definitely make time (1.5-2 hours) to take a backstage tour. If you want to see more sights (but no people), go on Sunday, when the house is dark (i.e. no performances).
  • Absolutely stunning. Everyone should go to an opera at least once. Everything is on point. Dress up and enjoy the show. Grab drinks at the bar for great views.
  • They accept credit cards at the bar now, but sandwiches & candy only so gluten intolerant are out of luck. :(
  • Salmon sandwich and a brownie during the first intermission will carry you through the rest of the performance.
  • No free wifi((((

Nearby places

70 Lincoln Center Plz (btwn Columbus & 10th Ave)
44 W 63rd St (at Columbus Ave)
10 Lincoln Center Plz (btwn W 63rd & W 64th St)