Please join us for gala premieres and other events throughout the 2012-13 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 reply 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.

  • Opening Night Gala
    New Production Premiere

    Monday, September 24, 2012
    6:00 pm  Cocktail Reception
    7:00 pm  Performance
    Post-performance  Black-tie Cast Dinner

    The Met’s 2012–13 season opened with Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani starring in the premiere of Bartlett Sher’s new production of Donizetti’s most popular comedy. Maurizio Benini conducted this Opening Night Gala performance, also featuring Mariusz Kwiecien and Ambrogio Maestri. The performance was followed by a gala cast dinner, sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Additional funding is provided by Manhattan Jaguar. 

    Production a gift of The Monteforte Foundation, in honor of Wim Kooyker

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  • Gala Premiere
    New Production

    Thursday, November 8, 2012
    5:30 pm  Cocktail Reception
    6:00 pm  Black-tie Dinner
    7:30 pm  Performance
    Intermission  Champagne and Dessert 

    Verdi’s riveting opera returned to the Met in David Alden’s powerful new production. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky starred in this special gala opening, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Cocktails and a gala dinner on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier precede the performance.

    Production a gift of the Betsy and Edward Cohen/Areté Foundation Fund
    for New Productions and Revivals, and Daisy and Paul Soros

    Additional funding from The Gilbert S. Kahn & John J. Noffo Kahn Foundation,
    and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

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  • New Year’s Eve Gala
    Metropolitan Opera Premiere

    Monday, December 31, 2012
    6:30 pm  Performance
    Post-performance  Black-tie Dinner Dance

    Ring in 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Donizetti’s stunning bel canto drama. Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, in the second of David McVicar’s Met productions of the composer’s Tudor trilogy. Elza van den Heever is her rival, Queen Elizabeth I, and Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts. The gala performance is followed by dinner and dancing on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier.

    Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

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  • Gala Premiere
    New Production

    Thursday, April 4, 2013
    5:30 pm  Cocktail Reception
    6:00 pm  Black-tie Dinner
    7:30 pm  Performance
    First Intermission Champagne and Dessert

    David Daniels and Natalie Dessay are Caesar and Cleopatra in Handel’s operatic masterpiece, conducted by Harry Bicket. David McVicar’s inventive production caused a sensation at its U.K. premiere. Cocktails and a gala dinner on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier precede the performance. The Met is grateful to Gilbert Albert, Corporate Sponsor of this gala benefit.   

    The production of Giulio Cesare was made possible by a generous gift from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, in memory of William B. Warren, former Co-Trustee and Governor of the Foundation; and The Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation

    Additional funding was received from The Annenberg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts

    Production owned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera


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  • On Stage at the Met

    Sunday, May 5, 2013
    Enjoy a special evening with a cocktail reception on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier, followed by a black-tie dinner on stage honoring Met Managing Director Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer, Chairman of ARAMARK. There will be dancing, tributes, and musical performances by Met stars Patricia Racette, Danielle de Niese, Isabel Leonard, and Jay Hunter Morris.

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