Metropolitan Opera House
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Think you don’t care for opera? Here’s a formula to cure that: go to “The Met” in New York City and watch any Opera composed by Puccini. You’ll leave singing. And changed. The combination of the acoustically opera-perfect venue, The Metropolitan Opera House of New York, and a great work of classic (or modern) opera, is a sure-fire means of helping anyone and everyone appreciate opera.
The Met stands as the largest repertory opera house in the world, boasting 3,800 seats, almost double the capacity of La Scala in Milan, Italy. It is home to the Metropolitan Opera Company and the American Ballet Theatre. In achieving high outreach for those who don’t live in New York or visit frequently, The Met’s operas are filmed and subsequently screened in movie theatre across the world.
Opened in 1966, and part of the Lincoln Centre Plaza, The Met’s stage has been used for more than opera and ballet, including fundraising concerts for the in-house opera company and other arts organizations, and pop concerts. The performance space and mechanics of the theater are technologically advanced, enabling creative staging.
Not the sort of place you got to in shorts and a T-shit, The Met gives patrons a chance to dress up a little and hobnob with the rich and famous. That does not mean ticket prices are not affordable, but if you want to see an opera at The Metropolitan Opera House, it’s best to plan well in advance; ticket sales are brisk. Even if you can’t attend a performance, check out the grand lobby, several storeys high, and decorated with two huge Marc Chagall murals. Breathtaking!