Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera (84)

This spring break, I wanted to accomplish something off of my 101 in 1001 list. It was really important to me to do something that would make me happy but also top off my experience in NYC for the week. I wanted to go to the Metropolitan Opera but I did not have money for the seats I wanted - front row orchestra seats. Somehow, with a little digging and the generosity of some nice people, my mom and I made it to the opera! It was awesome!

More on how to get tickets. On the Metropolitan Opera website, there is an area for rush tickets. You buy them at noon the day of the show you would like. Tip: Sign up the night before with an account! For $25, you can have orchestra seats towards the back at the same price as the tippy top level Family Circle paid to be there if you take the risk. We took the risk and ended up in row W. We had a great view of the stage. Then by chance, a wonderful woman and her husband had to leave after the first act and they gave us their tickets in row F! It was so nice and I hope that one day I can do the same favor to a young person enjoying the arts. 

The inside of the Opera House is gorgeous - gilded in gold and sculpted to perfection. The chandeliers are even more gorgeous in person - they just sparkle. We went to see Les Contes D'Hoffman. It was a tale of three women in Hoffman's life and not to spoil the ending - you will have to see it. It was very funny, in French (there are translations on the back of the seats), and the talent was amazing. I could not believe that I had never been and I really hope to go back sometime soon!

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