The MET Opera HD Free Summer Festival

A crown of spectators at The MET Opera HD free event.
Photo Credit: The MET Opera HD

The Metropolitan Opera is, perhaps, the classiest cultural affair one can attend in New York City (or at least at the top of the list). A night at the opera is always one to remember – from the ball gowns, to the opera glasses, to the delightful flutes of champagne sipped between acts. But the summer brings a different kind of opera experience to the city, and while tuxes and gowns may not be in full swing, we have no doubt you’ll love this seasonal twist!

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Every summer for the last nine years, the MET presents their Summer HD Festival. The Festival takes place outdoors in front of the MET at Lincoln Center, with over 3,000 seats available to the public, for absolutely free. Additional standing room is also available at Lincoln Center Plaza, in case you want to pop in for a little bit, but not stay for the entire performance.

As the name of the festival would suggest, the operas will be presented in HD cinema transmissions, giving you the same amazing performances that were performed insidethe opera house, only via recorded video projected onto a massive screen in front of the opera house. The MET will be showcasing nine performances this season, running nightly from August 25th through September 4th. All events are 100% free, and no tickets are required. It is first come, first served, so keep that in mind if you care terribly about sitting upfront!

A view of The MET Opera at night with a water fountain.
Photo Credit: The MET Opera HD

Most of the performances run around 2 and a half hours, and you’ll find the full lineup of performances below:

Monday, August 28, 8 pm

  • L’Amour de Loin

Tuesday, August 29, 8 pm

  • Manon Lescaut

Wednesday, August 30, 8 pm

  • Roberto Devereux

 Thursday, August 31, 8 pm (Act I) and Friday, September 1, 8 pm (Acts II and III)

  • Tristan und Isolde

Saturday, September 2, 8 pm

  • Eugene Onegin

Sunday, September 3, 8 pm

  • Nabucco

Monday, September 4, 8 pm

  • La Traviata
The MET Opera at night with a show playing on a big screen.
Photo Credit: The MET Opera HD

If you would like to make your night at the opera something truly special, book a reservation at the fine dining restaurant Lincoln, nestled a stone’s throw away from the opera house and under the gorgeous Illumination Lawn, the perfect post-dinner spot to sit and stare at the stars. Lincoln is famous for their open kitchen preparing innovative Italian dishes created by chef Jonathan Benno, classy cocktails, and service you would come to expect from the finer establishments of the West Side. Pairing dinner or dessert at Lincoln with a summer opera performance is sure to wow your companion, and be a stand out for “best date of summer 2017”, we can assure you.

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Afterwards, take a lovely summer’s stroll home to your NYC apartment. Glenwood offers luxury living all along the Upper West Side, making popular venues like the MET and Lincoln simple to get to. In fact, you’ll be so close by you can likely hear the opera tunes wafting through your window! Seriously – Hawthorn ParkThe Encore, Grand Tier and The Regent are only 1-2 blocks away, and many of the apartments have views overlooking Lincoln Center.

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