New York is an incredibly cultured city that is rivaled only by London and Paris in the Western world. As such it has a ton of options awaiting tourists keen on exploring the city’s cultural side, whether it’s the fabulous art museums on the Upper East Side, the MOMA in Midtown, or taking in a show on Broadway. But one place that should absolutely not be missed is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Metropolitan Opera.
As it’s located on the Upper West Side, the Lincoln Center is only a quick 20-minute subway ride from our NYC boutique hotel The MAve. Of course a more stylish entrance might be appropriate in way of a town car service, in which case the Lincoln Center would only be ten minutes from the hotel.
Far from the snooze fest that some might imagine, taking in an opera at the Metropolitan Opera is a thrilling experience that’s steeped in luxurious charm. One of the world’s premier opera houses, the sets are stunning and the vocal performances are inspiring. Only the world’s best opera singers perform at the Met and they’re often accompanied on stage by dozens of actors and backup singers who fill the set with color and movement in a mesmerizing assault on the senses.
While there is no official dress code, it’s still best to come dressed to impress as a good part of the fun is mingling with the well-dressed patrons over cocktails and champagne during intermission. The days of tuxedos may be a bit behind us, but a suit or evening gown is still very much appropriate.
Each season the Metropolitan Opera puts on dozens of different shows and each week there is a rotation of several different operas. Tickets run the gamut from budget ($25) to splurge ($250).