Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera features about 30 performances each season

Entrance to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City
Entrance to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City cc licensed photo by Genista

New York City's Metropolitan Opera Company has been giving performances since 1883. Known as the 'Met' they feature around 30 different operas a wide range of musical genres throughout their season which runs from the latter part of September through to May. Performances are held Monday through Saturday evenings along with a Saturday afternoon matinee.

Performances are held Monday through Saturday evenings along with a Saturday afternoon matinee. The present home of the Metropolitan Opera is the magnificent Metropolitan Opera House, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Broadway. It seats about 3800 patrons with room for about another 195 standees and provides excellent acoustics. During the off season for the Met the Opera House hosts performances by the American Ballet Theatre and other touring ballets and operas.

If you don't have the opportunity to take in a performance, you can take a backstage tour or a Tour of the Lincoln Center for a fee. See Metropolitan Opera Backstage Tours for times and rates.

Nearby attractions include Central Park and Carnegie Hall

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Phone: (212) 362-6000

Official Website: Metropolitan Opera House

Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating An iconic opera venue. Went to see Carmen, a wonderful performance. The photo below is from Balcony level, decent view and sound. The MET is steeped in history and tradition, arrive early to have time to explore! Downstairs is a little history exhibit. There's bars on a few of the levels, as well as a full service restaurant that you can actually eat at (with reservation ahead of time) during some intermission. The bars can get VERY busy, apparently there is a way to pre-order drinks for pickup during the intermission. Make sure you aren't late to return to your seat or they won't let you back in! I highly recommend seeing a show live in person here at least once, it was an unforgettable experience.
Misha C - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Such an iconic venue. The Parterre box seats were comfortable and offered a fabulous vantage point. Also appreciated the private vestibule each box section offered - avoiding the need to check your coat altogether. The performance (The Magic Flute) was whimsical and visually engaging. It was lovely to experience such an epic aria composed by Mozart. Will definitely return!
Ashley McKenzie - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Always a great time here! An establishment that is beautifully taken care of. The orchestra was marvelous! The singers and actors were great! The show was a holiday show, my niece loved it and so did we.
F zk - a month ago

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4 Star Rating One of the bigger opera houses I have been to. There is a little sacrifice on the acoustics with this size but this is all made up by the grandiose productions allowed by such a large stage and venue. Nabucco, the “Jewish” opera, is what I saw here and I was impressed at the set pieces and at some of the arias by performers. Overall I would like to see another production to make a definite rating on this place — but from this visit, I can tell I will be coming back.
Nabil R - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Gorgeous opera house, known to be a top 10 in the world. Modern architecture with beautiful light fixtures. Clear view of the stage from any seat in Orchestra. No dress code, but many people are dressed up. Fun night.
Elvi Thio - 2 months ago

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
1 Local66th Street / Lincoln Center Station3 minutes

How to get to Metropolitan Opera House by Subway

Take the 1 Local Subway Train to 66th Street / Lincoln Center Station and go south on Broadway and a slight right on Columbus Avenue to just past 64th Street. The Metropolitan Opera House is across the plaza on your right.

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