Tickets can cost a fortune -- anywhere from $20 to $295. But for its full productions of the classic repertory and a schedule packed with world-class grand sopranos and tenors, the Metropolitan Opera ranks first in the world. Millions are spent on fabulous stagings, and the venue itself is a wonder of acoustics. Whatever is on the schedule, the quality will be second to none. And now 200 $20 rush tickets are available for Monday through Thursday shows, 2 hours before curtain (get in line early!); 50 of them are set aside for seniors 65 and older, and can be obtained by calling the main number, with proof of age required upon ticket pickup.
To guarantee that its audience understands the words, the Met has outfitted the back of each row of seats with screens for subtitles -- translation help for those who want it, minimum intrusion for those who don't. James Levine continues his role as the brilliant and popular conductor of the orchestra.
- © Frommer's 2013