International Council

The International Council is a group of philanthropists and sophisticated art lovers from around the world who come together to celebrate opera and support the Met Opera. Council members represent more than 15 countries.

In appreciation of the members’ ongoing Major Gifts support, the Met Opera designs an exclusive five-day program of performances and special events for the Council each season.

The Festive 5-Day Annual Meeting Includes: 

Special Access

  • Pair of premium seats for four operas
  • Meetings with Met leadership and Met Board members

VIP Events

  • Private recital with major artists
  • Dinners at the Grand Tier Restaurant
  • Cocktail receptions and parties in private homes
  • Invitation to cast party (when available)

And More

  • VIP ticket priority all season, a dedicated staff member to assist you, prominent recognition in Playbill, and all other benefits at the President's Circle Fellow Major Gifts level.


The Metropolitan Opera
International Council

Marcos and Elisabete Arbaitman
Karolina Blaberg
Cesar and Catalina Cadena
Misook Doolittle
Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Esteve
Marco and Jennivée Fiorese
Keiko Honda
Alexandra Kauka Hamill
Olga Kroutoia
Dr. Clive Potter and Harry T. Lee
William and Helen Yee Little
Pedro and Mercedes Madero
Bertita and Guillermo L. Martínez
Andrew J. Martin-Weber and Beejan Land
Marta E. Nottebohm
Barbara Qi
Michelle Rohé
Mr. and Mrs. Ruggieri
Ami and Lizika Sagy
Keishin and Mami Sasaki
Elizabeth Segerstrom
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Daisy M. Soros
Tonney and Chris Thunnessen
Carmen Tonanni
Melissa Ulfane
Doris Valle-Risso
Satoko Yahata

Esther Baronin von Salis- Samaden, Honorary Director

Harry T. Lee, Chairman
Maria Manetti Shrem, Ambassador


Contact Us

For more information on joining our exclusive international group, including membership gifts, please contact:

Alliy Drago
Assistant Director, Major Gifts & International Council
The Metropolitan Opera
30 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212.870.7678