The Opera House

What is the seating capacity of the Metropolitan Opera House?

The opera house has 3,800 seats plus 175 standing room places, making a total capacity of 3,975. For ballet performances, the size of the orchestra pit can be decreased and another row of 35 seats added at the front of the auditorium.

What are the dimensions of the stage?

The proscenium is 54 feet wide and 54 feet high. The distance from the curtain line to the back wall of the main stage is 80 feet, and the height of the stage to the rigging loft is 110 feet.

Who manufactures the pianos used by the Met?

The official piano of the Metropolitan Opera is Yamaha.  The Met has been using Yamaha pianos throughout the opera house, including in the orchestra pit and on the stage, since 1988/89 season.  There are over 40 Yamaha pianos in use at the Met, ranging from grand pianos (including a concert grand used only by Maestro Levine) and baby grands to upright pianos.

How did the old Met compare with the new Met in the size of the stage and seating capacity?

Although the dimensions of the main stage in the new Met (103×90 feet) are approximately the same as those of the first Metropolitan (101×86 feet), additional side and rear stages create an area six times greater than the stage area of the old house. In the old Met, there were 3,625 seats plus 224 standing places which made a total capacity of 3,849.

Who was the architect of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center?

Wallace K. Harrison.

What are the major pieces of artwork in the lobby?

Two immense paintings by Marc Chagall decorate the front lobby. On the south wall is “The Triumph of Music,” on the north wall is “The Sources of Music.” There are also statues by Aristide Maillol and Wilhelm Lehmbruck, and crystal chandeliers in both the lobby and auditorium designed by Hans Harald Rath of J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna. Numerous portraits of great Met artists of the past are on display in Founders Hall, on the lower level of the lobby, and costume and memorabilia displays can be found in several locations in the lobby.

What is the sculpture over the stage?

The original guidebook for the new house describes Mary Callery’s sculpture as “an untitled ensemble of bronze forms creating a bouquet of sculptured arabesques above.”