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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season brings 25 works and five new productions

The Metropolitan Opera generally performs Monday – Saturday at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center from late-September to mid-May.

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season

The season runs Monday, September 25, 2017 through Saturday, May 12, 2018. It features 25 operas with five new productions of Cendrillon, Norma, the American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel

2017-18 Operas

La Bohème

Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s Italian opera runs October 2, 2017 – March 10.

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Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Sir David McVicar’s production of Mascagani & Leoncavallo’s Italian double bill runs January 8 – February 1.


Laurent Pelly’s NEW production of Massenet’s French version of the Cinderella story runs April 12 – May 11.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Bartlett Sher’s production of Jacques Offenbach’s French opera runs September 26 – October 28.

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo is Hoffmann.

Così fan tutte

Phelim McDermott’s NEW production of Mozart’s Italian sex comedy is set in 1950s Coney Island. March 15 – April 19.

Italian Mezzo-Soprano Serena Malfi is Dorabella.


Patrice Chéreau’s production of the Strauss German opera runs March 1-23.

L’Elisir d’Amore

Bartlett Sher’s production of Donizetti’s Italian comedy runs January 16 – February 17.

The Exterminating Angel

The American premiere of Thomas Adès’s English opera is inspired by the classic Mexican film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel film. It’s a surreal dinner party from which their is no escape, sort of a Hotel California. October 6 – November 21

Hansel and Gretel

Richard Jones’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s English fairy-tale is a holiday family presentation. December 18 – January 6

Lucia di Lammermoor

Mary Zimmerman’s production of Donizetti’s Italian tale of love and madness. March 22 – May 10.

Luisa Miller

Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Verdi’s Italian tragedy of fatherly love runs March 29 – April 21.

Madama Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s production of Puccini’s heartbreaking Italian opera. November 2 – March 16.

Italian tenor Roberto Aronica is Pinkerton.
Mexican tenor Luis Chapa is Pinkerton on March 13 and 16.
Italian baritone Roberto Frontali is Sharpless.

The Magic Flute

This is Julie Taymor’s production of the Met’s English-language family version of Mozart’s masterpiece. November 25 – December 9.

The Merry Widow

Susan Stroman’s production of Lehár’s score with an English libretto by Jeremy Sams. The story of glamorous old Paris runs December 14 – January 11.

Tenor David Portillo is Camille de Rosillon December 14, 16, 20, & 23.


Sir David McVicar’s NEW production of Bellini’s Italian opera about a woman with a split personality is the season premiere September 25 – December 16.

Le Nozze di Figaro

Richard Eyre’s production of Mozart’s Italian comedy about a Spanish household runs December 6 – January 19.

Italian soprano Serena Malfi is Cherubino December 6, 9, 12, 15, 19, and 28.

Argentine-American soprano Isabel Leonard is Cherubino December 29 and January 4, 10, 13, and 19.

Venezuelan bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni is Count Almaviva December 6, 9, 12, 15, 19, and 23.


François Girard’s production of Wagner’s German mystical journey runs February 5-27.


James Levine conducts Verdi’s Latin mass. November 24 – December 2.

Romeó et Juliette

Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s French tale of starcrossed lovers.

Spaniard Plácido Domingo conducts. Ailyn Pérez is Juliette.


John Copley’s production of Rossini’s Italian opera runs February 19 – March 17.

Star Mexican tenor Javier Camarena is Idreno.


John Cox’s production of Massenet’s French tale of the conflict between sensuality and spirituality runs November 11 – December 2.

Ailyn Pérez is Thaïs. French tenor Jean François Borras is Nicias.


Sir David McVicar’s NEW production of Puccini’s Italian opera runs December 31 – May 12.

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo is Cavaradossi in December and January. Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez takes over on April 21, 26, and 30, and May 4, 8, and 12.

Il Trovatore

Sir David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Italian story of life on the edge runs January 22 – February 15.

Italian soprano Maria Agresta is Leonora.


Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s Italian grand spectacle of China runs October 12 – April 5.

Italian soprano Maria Agresta is Liù.
Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Calàf.

Die Zauberflöte

Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s German magical fable runs September 27 – October 14.

2017-18 Opening Nights

September 2017

Norma opens September 25, 2017.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens September 26, 2017.

Die Zauberflöte opens September 27, 2017.

October 2017

La Bohème opens Monday, October 2, 2017.

Turandot opens October 12, 2017.

The Exterminating Angel opens October 26, 2017.

November 2017

Madama Butterfly opens November 2, 2017.

Thaïs opens November 11, 2017.

Requiem opens November 24, 2017.

The Magic Flute opens November 25, 2017.

December 2017

Le Nozze di Figaro opens December 6, 2017.

The Merry Widow opens December 14, 2017.

Hansel and Gretel opens December 18, 2017.

Tosca opens December 31, 2017.

January 2018

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci opens January 8, 2018.

L’Elisir d’Amore opens January 16, 2018.

Il Trovatore opens January 22, 2018.

February 2018

Parsifal opens February 5, 2018.

Semiramide opens February 19, 2018.

March 2018

Elektra opens March 1, 2018.

Così fan tutte opens March 15, 2018.

Lucia di Lammermoor opens March 22, 2018.

Luisa Miller opens March 29, 2018.

April 2018

Cendrillon opens April 12, 2018.

Romeó et Juliette opens April 23, 2018.

Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Season

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. The 50th Anniversary Gala will be a festival of great artists and great moments from the Met’s repertory on May 7, 2017.

Latin Artists Performing in the Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Season

Italian conductor Marco Armiliato conducts “Aida.”

Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan (Belem) is Alfredo Germont in “La Traviata” and Christian in “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

French tenor Jean-François Borras (Grenoble) sings the title role in Werther on March 9th.

Star Mexican bel canto tenor Javier Camarena is Arturo in I Puritani from February 10-28.

Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo (Madrid) sings the title role in “Nabucco.” He is also Giogio Germont in “La Traviata.”

Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio (Avellino) is Violetta Valéry in “La Traviata.”

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo (Arezzo) sings the title role in Werther and Roméo in “Roméo et Juliette.”

Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Don José in performances of Bizet’s French opera Carmen from January 19 – February 18, 2017.

Spanish Mezzo-Soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera is Herodias in “Salome,” “Fenena” in Nabucco, and Maddalena in “Rigoletto.

Argentine mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is Charlotte in “Werther” and Zerlina in “Don Giovanni.”

Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti (Viareggio) conducts “La Traviata.”

Romanian baritone George Petean is Giorgio Germont in “La Traviata.”

Metropolitan Opera Tickets

Metropolitan Opera ticket prices vary with demand. Prices go up as an opera nears the end of its run. Buy tickets early in the season to get the best prices. Tickets go on sale to:
  • Patrons and Subscribers on June 15, 2017
  • Guild members (Supporting and above) on June 18, 2017
  • General public, Sunday, June 25, 2017

Metropolitan Opera House box office

Monday – Saturday, 10 am -6 pm Sunday, 12 noon – 6 pm

By Phone

(212) 362-6000 Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm Sunday, Noon – 6 pm



Rush Tickets

$25 Rush tickets can be purchased at www.metopera.org the day of the show. You can buy two tickets to one performance every seven days. Rush tickets go on sale Monday – Friday at 12 noon Matinees (four hours before curtain) Saturday evenings at 2 pm
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