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

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

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

Phone: (212) 362-6000

Official Website: Metropolitan Opera House

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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Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5Metropolitan Opera House Star Rating

5 Star Rating Performance of Verdi's Aida at the Met was just breathtaking. The voices were awesome, the costumes were gorgeous. There were live, decorated horses on stage. It was just wonderful lifetime experience. But there were many people coming with jeans and sneakers (just awful), of course also very elegant people with black tie dress-code. And there was a man siting behind me who was snoring all the time and waking only when people were applauding.

Lusy Seitz - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating A night at the opera can be as elegant as you like. Seats are available at a wide variety of prices. The seating is quite comfortable and has a personal text screen with translations in a few languages (English, German and the language of the opera, as I recall). There is no dress code, but it is a great opportunity to break out stylish fashion. The Grand Tier restaurant is very good, and having a desert waiting for you at intermission is a special experience. There are at least two bars, and drinks can be pre-ordered for intermission to reduce time waiting in line. The opera house is beautiful and has great acoustics. The presentations are world-class with impressive sets, costumes, orchestra, and performers.

John Collins - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating The Met Opera is amazing. My favourite experience in New York so far. I could follow along with English subtitles and the venue was amazing. The performance of Carmen was spectacular, the set design performers and orchestra we're just sensational. Highly recommend seeing a performance here.

Eugene Guye - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Stunning facility that regularly provides world class opera!! There is such joy for an opera fan such as me to experience the beauty, majesty and virtuosity that the Met offers. We traveled there to see Tosca and what a rare treat. The sets were just amazing like you were right on the roof on the stage when they execute... well, you get the picture. Bring your children and grandchildren to this amazing place for a magnificent musical experience.

Diane Albanese - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great spot. The entire complex is 5 stars. The underground parking is easy, efficient and worth every penny. The parking staff is friendly and quick. The theaters are all wonderful. Ticketing, ushers and staff are always helpful. A must for travel in NYC. You should plan in advance as it does get crowded for dinner or drinks either in LC or outside. Arrive early. There is security, bathroom lines, and drink lines. If you want something at intermission order in advance. Enjoy the break, have a drink as opposed to waiting in line for a snack and then rushing back to your seat.

Jason Butler - 2 months ago

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