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Metropolitan Opera House information
New York’s premier opera company, the Metropolitan Opera is the place to see classics such as Carmen , Madame Butterfly and Macbeth , not to mention Wagner’s Ring Cycle . The Opera also hosts premieres and revivals of more contemporary works, such as Peter Sellars’ Nixon in China . The season runs from September to April.
Ticket prices start at $25 and can get close to $500. Note that the box seats can be a bargain, but unless you’re in boxes right over the stage, the views are dreadful. Seeing the stage requires sitting with your head cocked over a handrail – a literal pain in the neck.
For last-minute ticket-buyers there are other deals. You can get bargain-priced standing-room tickets ($20 to $25) starting at 10am on the day of the performance. (You won’t see much, but you’ll hear everything.) Monday through Friday at noon and Saturdays at 2pm, a number of rush tickets are put on sale for starving artist types – just $25 for a seat. These are available online only. Matinee tickets go on sale four hours before curtain.
Don’t miss the gift shop, which is full of operatic bric-a-brac, including Met curtain cufflinks and Rhinemaidens soap. (Seriously.)
For a behind-the-scenes look at the Opera House, tours ($25) are offered weekdays at 3pm and Sundays at 10:30am and 1:30pm during the performance season.