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

Currently Closed

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


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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Rated 4.8 out of 5Metropolitan Opera House Star Rating

5 Star Rating It's the Metropolitan Opera House. In New York City. Prepare yourself for a real treat. Highly recommend going all out and dressing to the nines (black tie optional; a proper suit or lovely dress would be just perfect). Oh, and the bar on the mezzanine level is usually less busy and you can walk out on the balcony facing Lincoln Center and the fountain.

Jason Nickel - 5 hours ago

4 Star Rating Really elegant venue, loved the decoration. Seats are not too comfortable as leg room is not spacious. Staff is friendly and efficient. Bar choices are good and wine is not too expensive. Loved that you can pay and order in advance to skip lines during intermission. WCs are clean and almost enough. A must when visiting New York City especially because their operas are all awesome! I saw Carmen and it was one of the best experiences ever. Tickets are pricey but shows are worth it.

Monica Rivera - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating I'd always wanted to see an opera staged at the Met and recently I had the chance with this season's production of "Carmen." Our seats were in the balcony, pretty high up, but the sound from the singers and the live orchestra was wonderful. The performances from all involved - cast, orchestra, scenery, lighting, etc. was if we were watching an edited movie. You expect to be impressed when pros perform, but the musicians of the Met are at the top tier of the world of professional music. I noticed there was a place to the right (looking at the stage) of the Family Circle where you can sit at a desk outfitted with a study light and a music score for the opera, to follow along with the live performance. Online it looks like those tickets are only $12 but apparently you can only hear - not see - the performance. Still, I'd be interested in trying that sometime. I also enjoyed observing the social spectacle of a night at the opera....attractive couples dressed to the nines posing for photos in the lobby, walking about the lobby (on each floor) with flutes of champagne, or a select few dining at the lengthy intermission at an elegant restaurant on the mezzanine lobby.

Scott Watson - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating New York is always top in everything they do!!! Like the song by Frank Sinatra.. I have the jingle in my head as I write this review. I have been coming here since I was a kid either with my parents for recitals I was in. Or for enjoying a show with family and friends. You can't go wrong by coming here, not only are their performances packed with things to see and hear. Its really relaxing to watch. Some people really get into it. And I have to say that is my favorite part. So come be a part of it.. buy tickets and have a great time. I love their weekday specials you get two tickets for the price of one and you can't beat it. After dinner this is the perfect place to come. Enjoy!!

Elizabeth Veronique Bubika Hoka - 1 month ago


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