House Party

The Met’s enthralling production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute—an abridged, English-language version of Julie Taymor’s take on the classic fairy tale, teeming with bright costumes and boisterous puppets—returns to the stage on December 15, continuing a beloved holiday tradition. The family-friendly staging has become one of the most popular in the company’s repertory, logging nearly 50 performances since its 2006 premiere and leaving the Met’s youngest patrons with a lasting love of the art form.

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Operagoers eager to make the most of the holiday spirit have other winter rituals at the Met to look forward to as well. For the fifth year in a row, on Saturday, December 28, the Met will host its annual Holiday Open House, a carnival of fun opera-related activities designed especially for families. The day kicks off at 11AM, a few hours before that afternoon’s performance of The Magic Flute, and features numerous hands-on stations set up on the Grand Tier and Parterre levels—as well as the chance to connect with designers, performers, and technical masterminds behind the Met’s thrilling productions.

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The proceedings will include a variety of ways for attendees to get up close and personal with the magic of the opera, including a lighting station with members of the Met lighting team; an “Orchestra Show and Tell,” allowing visitors to learn about orchestral instruments; photo stations with The Magic Flute’s dancing bird ballerinas and giant polar bear puppets; and dress-up opportunities with props, costumes, and wigs from the production.

The Holiday Open House is free to all ticketholders for the December 28 performance.


Joel Rozen is the Met’s Staff Writer.