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The Metropolitan Opera House is one of New York City’s proudest jewels. Schedule 2018-2019. The Met has been a grand part of Manhattan’s Broadway district since it originally opened in the late 1800s. In 1966, the Metropolitan Opera moved to its current location and became one of the world’s largest opera houses. Every performance at the Met is a stunning show, so Metropolitan Opera tickets are a hot commodity.
From Puccini to The Who, all sorts of shows have been staged in these luxurious surroundings. The spring is typically packed with ballets from the incomparable American Ballet Theater company. Metropolitan Opera tickets are always in high demand, but these are some of the Met’s most exciting upcoming shows.

Metropolitan Opera – Explore the New Season 2018-2019

The Met’s 2018 season features 25 works across a wide range of repertory. The five new productions include a new staging of Bellini’s Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess, directed by Sir David McVicar.

The Metropolitan Opera, commonly referred to as “The Met”, is a company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager.

The operas in the Met’s repertoire consist of a wide range of works, from 18th-century Baroque and 19th-century Bel canto to the Minimalism of the late 20th century. These operas are presented in staged productions that range in style from those with elaborate traditional decors to others that feature modern conceptual designs.

The Met’s performing company consists of a large symphony-sized orchestra, a chorus, children’s choir, and many supporting and leading solo singers. The company also employs numerous free-lance dancers, actors, musicians and other performers throughout the season. The Met’s roster of singers includes both international and American artists, some of whose careers have been developed through the Met’s young artists programs. While many singers appear periodically as guests with the company, others, such as Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo, have long maintained a close association with the Met, appearing many times each season.

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About Metropolitan Opera 

Founded in 1883 with a performance of Gounod’s Faust, New York City’s Met Opera has become a hub for the most exciting operatic work in the world, with numerous new operas premiering there every year along with a selection of the best operatic productions from around the world. All the world’s most distinguished and talented opera singers have flocked to perform there since its inception, including Lilli Lehmann, Enrico Caruso, and Luciano Pavarotti. Conductors including Anton Seidl, Gustav Mahler, Artur Bodanzky and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the current Music Director Designate.

Initially the Met focused on performances in Italian, but found greater success when it opened its eyes to German and French performances too. It was popularised further with Giulio Gatti-Casazza’s reign as general manager, in which he began weekly radio broadcasts, thereby bringing opera to the masses. Under Edward Johnson, more American composers and artists were encouraged, and Rudolf Bing brought African American singers to the Met along with arranging its first touring company and televised performances as it modernised and made its programming more accessible to the whole country.

In September 1966, the Met moved from 39th street to the new Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center, where the company was able to put on more impressive performances thanks to its remarkable technical facilities. These days, the Met stages more than two hundred performances in New York each season, attended by more than eight hundred thousand people. Through distribution, technology, its radio broadcast series and The Met: Live In HD transmissions, millions of people worldwide are able to experience the works that the Met produces.

Since its inception, the  Met Opera has brought new productions of famous works to its spectators, along with debuting brand new operas. Its mix of experimental staging and traditional opera have made it a timeless delight for both its fans and for tourists who pass in and out of New York looking for culture.

Through the Lincoln Center, the Met has been able to modernise and to move with the times, for example creating a commissioning program that enables composers and playwrights to create and develop new works. Not only is the Met a way to see Tosca, Carmen and Aida, but it’s a way to experience a new way of looking at the arts and at the world. It is a vital part of New York City’s entertainment and arts scene.

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    – Whipped Cream

    Whipped Cream is one of this season’s most fantastical performances. The show is a whimsical ballet that runs for around an hour and forty minutes. It’s a new production from Alexei Ratmansky and Mark Ryden, with a score composed by the great Richard Strauss. The ballet follows a young boy who falls into a fantastical daydream after eating one too many Viennese pastries. A host of imaginary teashop characters – Princess Praline, Prince Coffee, Marzipan, and more – pitch in to help him. The show is perfect for audiences of all ages, so Metropolitan Opera tickets to this gem are great for a family day out.

    – Le Corsaire

    Le Corsaire is a brilliant mixture of dance, comedy, and storytelling. Composed primarily by Adolphe Adam and performed by over 120 talented players, it’s an unforgettable show. The ballet is a tropical tale that follows a spirited pirate, the girl he loves, and a host of other characters. Characters are abducted, rescued, shipwrecked, and more, all while dancing impeccably from scene to scene. Le Corsaire benefits hugely from American Ballet Theater’s cast of incredibly skilled dancers, allowing an energetic story to unfold in a visually thrilling manner. If you’re going to get Metropolitan Opera tickets to one production this season, Le Corsaire is a great option.

    – Swan Lake

    Swan Lake is one of the world’s best known and most loved ballets. This memorable show includes a score composed by Tchaikovsky and choreography from Lev Ivanov, Kevin McKenzie, and Marius Petipa. The ballet runs for around two hours and twenty minutes. In this time, the talented dancers of American Ballet Theater put on a stunning show. Swan Lake is a romantic fairytale that combines magic, star-crossed love, and heartache. There’s a reason why audiences all around the world have fallen in love with this amazing ballet. Don’t miss out on Metropolitan Opera Tickets to this universal crowd pleaser.

    – Onegin

    Onegin is based on the famous verse novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. It’s a wonderful example of classic Russian literature and translates beautifully to the stage. This production is brought forth by John Cranko with a score by none other than Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It clocks in at just other two hours. The story tells two tales of unrequited love, with Onegin first rejecting young Tatiana, who later rebuffs his advances. The ballet is exquisitely choreographed and perfectly accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s emotionally rich score. This Russian masterpiece is one of the season’s best ballets, so don’t hesitate to grab some Metropolitan Opera tickets for it.

    – The Golden Cockerel

    The Golden Cockerel is another Russian piece that will thrill every audience member this season. The show is composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov with choreography from Michel Fokine and Alexei Ratmansky. Running for a little less than two hours, it’s a captivating tale that blends classic fairytale elements with exquisite ballet. The dancers perfectly evoke a fantastical, colorful Russia while telling the tale of territorial strife. There are elements of love, loss, and so much more in this thrilling and mythical production. The Golden Cockerel is a show that shouldn’t be missed.

    – Giselle

    This classic Romantic ballet runs for around two hours. The show is composed by Adolphe Adam and stands as a testament to the beauty of well-choreographed ballet. Giselle is a virtuous peasant maiden who suffers from a terrible unrequited love. As well as its classic romantic themes, the show also places the supernatural center stage. It’s a brilliantly conceived and hugely popular production that everyone should see. Metropolitan Opera tickets to this amazing show are in high demand because of its international acclaim. Certainly, Giselle is a show that you don’t want to miss.

    – Don Quixote

    Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in 1604 but the story is still enjoyed around the world today. It’s an enduring tale of seduction, chivalry, and love that translates perfectly to the stage. This ballet retelling is composed by Luwig Minsky and choreographed by Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa. It runs for just over two hours. The show follows Don Quixote, the dreamy knight of La Mancha, and his squire, Sancho Panza. They come to the aid of spirited Kitri, running into toreadors and gypsies along the way. Metropolitan Opera tickets to this excellent ballet are the perfect excuse for an upscale date night.

    – Tchaikovsky Spectacular

    Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky has composed a wealth of unforgettable music for various ballets. Tchaikovsky’s music is emotionally stirring and absolutely gripping, and it has become a central part of many acclaimed performances. In July 2017, American Ballet Theater are honoring the amazing composer with a series of performances. This is Tchaikovsky Spectacular: several beautiful ballets inspired by the works of this awe-inspiring composer. Choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, George Balanchine, and Marcelo Gomes have worked on various pieces for this excellent series.

     

    There’s something particularly special about the experience of seeing a live opera performance. Of course, the atmosphere is heightened by the incomparably beautiful surroundings of the Metropolitan Opera House. It’s pure New York elegance, so you can get all dressed up and enjoy the show like a real dandy. Whether you’re a longtime opera fan or a total newcomer, this season’s productions will thrill you. One thing is for sure: Metropolitan Opera tickets are your pass to an unforgettable evening of entertainment.

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