Memorial & Honorary Gifts

Seat Plaques

A seat plaque in the Metropolitan Opera House is a thoughtful and enduring way to honor a loved one and to celebrate that person’s love of the opera.

  • You may name a seat in the Orchestra or Grand Tier of the Opera House with a contribution of $10,000 or more. The only seats currently available are in the last few rows of these sections.
  • With a gift of $5,000 or more, you may name a seat in the Dress Circle, Balcony or Family Circle.

We would recognize your tribute with a plaque placed on the back of the chair inscribed with the honoree’s name. The plaque may simply state the name or it may include “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” followed by the person’s name.

You will be provided with a seating plan of the auditorium from which you may choose an available seat.

The plaques are black oxidized brass with elegant engraved white lettering, and are three by five inches in size. Because of the steeper rake in the upper levels of the House (Dress Circle, Balcony and Family Circle), to ensure readability, the plaque lettering there is slightly larger than it is in the Orchestra and Grand Tier. We will be glad to show you samples upon request.

Seat plaque gifts may be pledged and paid over a period of two years. Upon fulfillment of your pledge, we will place the inscribed plaque on the chair and will be happy to help make arrangements for you to visit the Opera House to view the plaque.

When you are ready to proceed, please make your check payable to “The Metropolitan Opera” and send it to the Planned Giving office at the address below, or call us to set up your pledge. You also may charge the amount on a credit card. The money received from the seat plaque gift is fully tax-deductible and will be added to the Met’s Capital Fund.

For more information or confidential help in planning your seat plaque gift, please contact our Planned Giving office directly:

Office of Planned Giving
The Metropolitan Opera
30 Lincoln Center
New York, New York 10023
Telephone 212-870-7388