New York Metropolitan Opera


Inside the world's most beautiful concert halls

The New York Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s most prestigious opera venues, regularly hosting world class productions with the finest singers, conductors and directors.

  • Founded in 1883, the first Metropolitan opera house was built on broadway in Manhattan by a group of wealthy businessman who wanted their own theatre. The new opera house, which we see today, is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and opened in 1966.
  • In the early days, everything was performed in Italian, even Carmen and Lohengrin. This then changed to everything being performed in German, even Aida and Faust. Eventually the decision was made that works should be performed in their original languages.
  • The greatest stars of the Opera world have performed there. Dame Nellie Melba was a regular in the 1890's, great italian tenor Enrico Caruso arrived in 1903. Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, and Dame Joan Sutherland graced the stage later on in the century.
  • The Met has been host to the world's greatest conductors. Arturo Toscanini made his debut there in 1908, later came Bruno Walter, George Szell, Fritz Reiner and James Levine, among many.
  • The opera house has been home to the US premieres of some of the most important works in the repertory; Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were all first performed in the US at the Met. Puccini's Turandot, La fanciulla del West were also presented there for the first time.
  • The first ever complete opera was broadcast from the Met on Christmas day in 1931. Now, it boasts the longest ever classical music series in American Broadcast history, at over 80 years.
  • Televised performances began in 1977 with La Boheme, viewed by over 4m people. 
  • In 2006 The Met: Live in HD was launched; consisting of performance transmissions from the opera house, in cinemas across the world.

Video The Met: Live in HD 2014/15