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Cheap Seats for NYC's Performing Arts: Cheap Tickets for Music, Opera & Ballet

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Cheap Tickets for The Metropolitan Opera
Revson Fountain & Metropolitan Opera House At Lincoln Center

Revson Fountain & Metropolitan Opera House At Lincoln Center

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Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera moved to its current home in Lincoln Center in 1966. The Met stages over 200 productions, with an audience of more than 800,000 each season. Featuring some of the greatest voices in opera, ticket prices at The Met can be quite expensive, but these deals make The Met's world-class productions more affordable.

Getting Cheap Tickets for The Metropolitan Opera

  • Rush Tickets: 200 orchestra level seats are available for $20 for most performances Monday through Thursday. Tickets are available at the box office two hours before curtain on the day of the performance. There is also a lottery for $25 weekend rush tickets through an online lottery.
  • Standing Room Tickets: $22 Orchestra standing room tickets are available beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the performance. Family Circle Standing Room tickets are $17 on Saturdays (and Monday through Friday when the Family Circle is sold out). (Opening night, premieres, and gala standing room tickets are $40 for Orchestra Level and $28 in the Family Circle.) Call 212-362-6000 for more details.
  • Student Discount Tickets: Full-time students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs can purchase tickets for $25 (weekday performances) to $35 (Friday and Saturday performances.)

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