Ways to Experience Opening Night

The Met’s 2023–24 season opens Tuesday, September 26, with the company premiere of Jake Heggie’s dramatic masterpiece Dead Man Walking, starring Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean and Ryan McKinny as death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Whether you’re in New York City or beyond, there are multiple ways to enjoy the momentous occasion.

At the Opera House
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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 One Times Square, beginning at 5:30PM, with additional standing room available.

On the Air
An audio stream of the Opening Night performance will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM and streamed live on the Met’s website.

On Social Media
Follow @MetOpera on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok for behind-the-scenes action as we approach Opening Night—and on the big day. Share your own photos using the hashtag #MetON.

Also During Opening Week
Be sure to catch the return of Verdi’s exhilarating early masterpiece Nabucco and performances of the composer’s soul-stirring Requiem, also conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Dead Man Walking on the Big Screen
Can’t attend Opening Night? The October 21 performance of Dead Man Walking kicks off the Met’s new season of Live in HD transmissions. Find a theater near you and buy Live in HD tickets here.