Why You Need to Visit The Met This Holiday Season

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As the holiday season approaches, the Met would like to share a number of options for visitors looking to experience the Met that are both affordable and accessible. Whether you are visiting New York or a native New Yorkers there is a show on-stage for you. A number of family friendly and “first-time opera goer” shows including La Boheme, Aida, Manon Lescaut, The Magic Flute, and Romeo and Juliet will premiere at the Met in upcoming months.

When visiting New York or wanting to explore something new on a fun night out - the opera doesn’t have to break the budget. Regular priced tickets begin at $25, and rush tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis via the Met’s website. Tickets go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2pm. More information on rush tickets can be found here.

La Boheme, Aida, Manon Lescaut, The Magic Flute, and Romeo and Juliet will be on-stage at the Met on select dates throughout November, December and January.

Two kids-friendly pre-show events will be held on Thursday, December 29 and Friday, December 30. Family friendly activities will be held on the Grand Tier preceding the abridged, English-language version of Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Children will be able to learn how sets are constructed, visit the props petting zoo, meet cast members, and get a special insider’s view into the behind-the-scenes world of the Metropolitan Opera. The whole family is welcome to enjoy kid-friendly snacks at the Revlon Bar before watching the acclaimed production by the creative force behind Broadway’s The Lion King. Doors open at 10:00am. Must be a ticket holder to attend the event.

In addition to all of the accessible shows on stage, the Met Opera has opened its doors to the public – in celebration of their 50th anniversary season – for the first time. This season the “Front of House” is open during weekday hours (10am- 2pm) so the public can explore the magnificent lobby, chandeliers, and watch dress rehearsals from the famed red steps. A new archival exhibition is also on view in Founder’s Hall – the lower level of the Met Opera lobby. The exhibition explores what the Met might have looked like architecturally had another plan been used or a different location had been chosen (there were thoughts about Rockefeller Center) and also looks back at the first season of the Met Opera in 1966, specifically the first show of Antony and Cleopatra with old photos and memorabilia from the time.

Please see below for more information on each show.

(*mat – matinee showing)

La Bohème

When many people think of opera, Puccini’s La Bohème comes to mind. Our timeless production features over 200 singers and actors, as well as a horse and a donkey! You may have caught a moment of the production on Conan– here’s a link if you want to take a look, or you can find a number of videos of the production here.

Dates: November 16, 19, 23, 26mat, 29, Dec 3, 8, Jan 6, 11, 14mat

http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/boheme-puccini-tickets/

Aida

The Met’s grand production of Verdi’s Aida returns to the stage this fall. This ancient Egyptian tragedy is one of most performed operas at the Met, second only to La Bohème. You can get an idea for the vastness of the production in this clip.
Dates: November 11, 15, 19mat, 22, 26, December 2

More info: http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/aida-verdi-tickets/

Manon Lescaut

Two of opera’s most popular sopranos, Anna Netrebko and Kristine Opolais, will share the title role this month in Puccini’s tragic love story Manon Lescaut. Passion and emotion are on full display in this film-noir inspired production – you can see Opolais’s heated portrayal in this clip, and we’re excited to hear Anna Netrebko take on this role for the first time here at the Met.

Dates: November 14, 18, 21, 25, 30, Dec 3mat, 7, 10

More info: http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/manon-lescaut-puccini-tickets/

The Magic Flute

The Met’s English-language family adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey, a new holiday tradition in the city, returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production. Young stars Janai Brugger and Ben Bliss are the fairy-tale princess and prince, and Christopher Maltman reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the bird-catcher Papageno. Special holiday pricing and weekday matinees are available for this abridged version, conducted by Antony Walker. Watch a clip here!

Date: December 20, 23, 26, 29mat, 30mat, Jan 2,5

More info: https://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/magic-flute-mozart-tickets/

Romeo and Juliet

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are back on stage together as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production has a stunning backdrop and intricate costumes which remind viewers of the fairytale turned dark love story they grew up knowing and loving.

Date: December 31, Jan 4, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 25, 28, Mar 3, 8, 11, 15, 18

More info: https://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/romeo-et-juliette-gounod-tickets/