The Metropolitan Opera
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Lose yourself in a world-class performance
Noteworthy for: In an effort to make opera more accessible to the opera neophyte, the Metropolitan installed screens displaying English subtitles on the back of each seat.
Getting dressed up for the opera isn’t just for older folks. No matter your age, no matter your knowledge of the libretto or your fluency in Italian and German, to hear the lush crystal clear voices of world-class sopranos and tenors in the Metropolitan Opera’s grand hall is a singular pleasure.
Situated at the center of the Lincoln Center Plaza on the Upper West Side, the renowned opera house is introducing seven spectacular new productions - including two Met premieres - and 21 revivals during its 2012-2013 season.
In celebration of their 200th birthdays, Verdi and Wagner will feature prominently, with new productions of the former's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' and 'Rigoletto' and the latter's 'Parsifal', as well as three complete cycles of Wagner's magnum opus, 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'. Contemporary work features, too, in the form of Thomas Ades' acclaimed operatic retelling of Shakespeare's 'Tempest'.