Corporate Partnership

The Metropolitan Opera works closely with corporations to understand their business objectives and determine with them the best fit of corporate partnership to meet specific partnership goals. The Met’s Corporate Patrons provide critical operating support while receiving a range of employee, executive and entertaining opportunities; Corporate Sponsors enjoy co-branding, customized experiences and access to the Met’s loyal audiences; and Global Sponsors enjoy category exclusivity, and the benefits of sustained cultural collaboration and long term working relationship meeting specific partner company goals. 

Become a Corporate Patron

While demonstrating their commitment to innovation and excellence in the arts, Corporate Patrons also provide vital support for projects that broaden the audience for opera, such as Open House Dress Rehearsals, Rush and Student Ticket programs, the free Summer Recital Series, and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Our partners receive benefits, based on giving level, throughout the Met season, including:

EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

  • Concierge service for ticket reservations, exchanges, and special requests
  • Access to dress rehearsals
  • Client entertaining opportunities

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Employee discount ticket program
  • Discounts at the Met Opera Shop

AND MORE

  • Private event privileges
  • Recognition opportunities

EXPLORE CORPORATE PATRON BENEFITS BY LEVEL:

Corporate Patron

from $2,750

Corporate Premiere Circle

from $10,000

Corporate President's Circle

from $25,000

Corporate Council

from $100,000

Become a Corporate Sponsor

As one of the world’s foremost cultural institutions—reaching a loyal audience of more than 800,000 at the opera house in New York and over 15 million around the globe each year—the Metropolitan Opera is a leader in innovative and bespoke partnerships with companies on the local, national, and international level. The Met offers customized experiences which align with our corporate partners’ business priorities and provide wide-ranging branding and marketing opportunities.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

New Productions

Each season, the Met presents between six and eight new productions—from imaginative retellings of the classics to contemporary and rarely heard masterpieces—that keep the repertory and art form exciting and fresh for both artists and audiences. Support of these productions is one of the highest-profile underwriting opportunities the Met has to offer.

Repertory Productions

Revival underwriting offers a sponsor the opportunity to attach its name to performances of a specific opera for an entire season. Revival underwriting is essential to keeping many of the Met's most beloved productions in the repertory. It also helps maintain the company’s high standards by supporting rehearsal time and defrays the costs of refurbishment of sets and costumes.

The Met: Live in HD

In December 2006, the inaugural presentation of the Met’s Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions was seen on 98 screens in four countries. Today, The Met: Live in HD reaches 2,000 screens in 70 countries on six continents. Recognized as an international phenomenon, the series has garnered a Peabody Award, two Emmys, and extraordinary international praise from audiences and critics alike. As the only performing arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale, the Met has become the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content. Regional sponsorship opportunities for Live in HD are available.

Great Performances at the Met

The Met’s historic partnership with PBS began in 1977 with the first Live from the Met telecast of La Bohème, starring Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. Currently presenting up to ten programs a year and receiving two million viewer impressions annually, Great Performances at the Met provides an unprecedented offering of opera programming to a national television audience. Individual PBS telecasts or annual PBS specials are available for sponsorship.

Met Rush Tickets

The popular Rush Tickets program was initiated in 2006 by the late Dr. Agnes Varis and her husband, Karl Leichtman. Each season the program offers approximately 14,000 Orchestra and Grand Tier seats at the drastically reduced price of $25 for most performances. Additionally, if tickets remain unsold on the date of the performance, the box office will be able to add them to the daily allocation.

Open House Dress Rehearsals

The Open House Dress Rehearsals program is one of several Met initiatives intended to make opera more accessible to all audiences. Each season, the Met opens three final dress rehearsals, with approximately 2,500 free tickets for each one distributed via an online drawing held on the company’s website.

Opening Night Live Transmission

A tradition begun in 2006, the annual live broadcast of the Met's Opening Night Gala is a public celebration of the start of the cultural season in New York. The performance is transmitted live and in high definition via satellite to giant screens in Times Square. Seating is free and approximately 6,500 people attend.

Summer HD Festival

For ten successive nights—beginning in late August and concluding on Labor Day—the Summer HD Festival presents encore screenings from the popular Live in HD series on the Met facade at Lincoln Center Plaza. Approximately 40,000 attend the free screenings each season.

Summer Recital Series

The Summer Recital Series brings free opera to public parks in all five New York City boroughs, performed by rising Met stars and members and alumni of the company’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Held annually in June and July, the recitals are attended by an estimated audience of 8,000 each year.

HD Live in Schools

With the success of the award-winning Live in HD series of performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, the Met recognized a unique opportunity to bring world-class opera to students with limited opportunities for cultural engagement. By providing free access to these presentations—complemented by extensive teacher training, curriculum-enriching materials, and opportunities to interact with opera’s greatest stars—the Met is introducing opera to students across the country, seeking to ignite a lifelong passion for the classical arts.

Lindemann Young Artist Development Program

Founded by Music Director James Levine in 1980, the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program trains new generations of American and international artists to perform at the highest standards in productions at the Met and opera houses around the world. Each season approximately ten young artists participate in the program, which includes performance opportunities on the Met’s stage and a partnership with The Juilliard School.


The Metropolitan Opera acknowledges with great appreciation its Global Sponsors:

Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Neubauer Family Foundation
Rolex
Toll Brothers, Inc.

With special thanks to:

BAMCO, Inc.
Bank of America
Deutsche Bank
Yamaha Corporation of America

Hold an event at the Met Opera House

Designed by architect Wallace K. Harrison, the Metropolitan Opera House contains a variety of impressive event spaces. Ranging from a black-tie dinner on the Grand Tier, to a cocktail party underneath Chagall’s murals in the Revlon Bar, to a lunch in the Belmont Room, or a board meeting in List Hall—the iconic opera house is the ideal setting for your next event.

Contact Us

Office of Institutional Relations

The Metropolitan Opera

Lincoln Center New York, NY 10023

212-870-4181

corporaterelations@metopera.org