Ways to Experience Opening Night

At the Opera House

The Met season opens September 22 with Music Director James Levine conducting a new production of Mozart’s eternal masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action in a 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, our Figaro, leads a dazzling cast, including Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino. Designer Rob Howell (Carmen, Werther) utilizes a revolving set to keep the story bubbling along. Curtain time is 6:15 pm EST.

In Times Square

For the ninth straight year, Opening Night will be transmitted live to multiple giant screens in Times Square. Approximately 1,500 seats will be available on a first come, first served basis, with additional standing room provided. Pre-show coverage, including red-carpet interviews, starts at 6 pm EST.

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On Lincoln Center Plaza

The performance will also be shown on a screen on the Met façade, with approximately 2,500 seats available on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. Pre-show coverage, including red-carpet interviews, starts at 6 pm EST. Free tickets, with a limit of two per person, will be distributed via a drawing ending September 12.

On the Air

The Opening Night Gala will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM and streamed live on the Met’s website.

On Social Media

Follow @metopera on Twitter and Instagram for red-carpet photos and backstage coverage! Send in you own photos using hash tag #MetON.

Also During Opening Week

Don't miss the revivals of La Bohème and Macbeth which open on the heels of Le Nozze di Figaro.

Coming Soon: Macbeth Live in HD

The October 11 performance of Macbeth kicks off the Met’s ninth season of Live in HD transmissions, now seen in 2,000 theaters in 68 countries.

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