Galas & Special Events

Please join us for gala premieres and other events throughout the 2016–17 season. To view pricing and benefits, click the links below. If you would like to place an order for one of our benefit events, please complete the corresponding RSVP form and send it to the Special Events Office via email, fax, or mail. Contact information is provided on each form. For more information, please call 212-362-6000.

2016-2017 Season


Gala Premiere

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dvořák’s stunning fairy-tale opera returns in a new production by Mary Zimmerman, starring Kristine Opolais in the title role. Mark Elder conducts the gala new production premiere, preceded by cocktails and dinner on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier.

Production a gift of the Betsy and Ed Cohen/Areté Foundation

Additional funding from Mr. William R. Miller, in memory of Irene D. Miller; and the National Endowment for the Arts


  • 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
  • 6:30 PM Black-tie Dinner
  • 8:00 PM Performance

Der Rosenkavalier

Gala Premiere

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A dream cast led by Renée Fleming and Elīna Garanča comes together for Strauss’s grandest opera, in this gala premiere of Robert Carsen’s new production, conducted by Sebastian Weigle. Cocktails and dinner on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier precede the performance.

Production a gift of Howard Solomon and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and Teatro Regio di Torino


  • 5:00 PM Cocktail Reception
  • 5:30 PM Black-tie Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Performance

50 Years at Lincoln Center

A Gala Celebration

Sunday, May 7, 2017

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra. The company will celebrate its golden anniversary in its current home with a special gala featuring some of the greatest artists in opera, performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons.

Gala production a gift of Sana H. Sabbagh


  • 5:00 PM Cocktail Reception
  • 6:00 PM Performance
  • 9:00 PM Cast Dinner