Ways to Experience Opening Night
The Met’s 2021–22 season opens Monday, September 27, with the historic company premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, starring Will Liverman and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Whether you’re in New York City or beyond, there are multiple ways to catch this momentous event.
Content Advisory: Fire Shut Up in My Bones addresses adult themes and contains some adult language.
At the Opera House
There is nothing like experiencing the Met live in the opera house—secure your seats now! Please note that all attendees must provide proof of vaccination and wear a face covering inside the Met. Learn more about the Met’s health and safety policies and improvements here.
At Marcus Garvey Park—NEW!
For the first time, audiences can watch a live broadcast of Opening Night from Marcus Garvey Park's Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Harlem, in partnership with NYC Parks and SummerStage and supported by The Ford Foundation, free of charge. The open-air amphitheater opens to the public at 4PM, and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no tickets required. The pre-show broadcast commences at 6PM, and the opera will begin at 6:30PM. Please note, to enter the amphitheater, attendees will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours prior to entry, as well as government-issued photo ID. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 may accompany their parent or guardian who provides proof of full vaccination or negative Covid-19 test. Masks are required upon entry and strongly encouraged for all guests for the duration of the performance. Learn more about the health and safety requirements at Marcus Garvey Park here.
In Times Square
Continuing a Met tradition, the Opening Night performance will be transmitted live and for free on giant screens in Times Square. The pre-show broadcast commences at 6PM, and the opera will begin at 6:30PM. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no tickets required, on Duffy Square and the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets, with additional standing room available. Face coverings are recommended for anyone who wishes to attend, but are not required. Proof of vaccination or testing is not required for Times Square.
On Social Media
Follow @MetOpera on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for behind-the-scenes action as we approach Opening Night—and on the big day. Share your own photos using hashtag #MetON.
Also during Opening Week
Be sure to catch the return of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, featuring bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, as he reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar.
Coming Soon: Boris Godunov in Cinemas
The October 9 performance of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov kicks off the Met’s new season of Live in HD transmissions. Find a theater near you and buy Live in HD tickets here.