Attending a Metropolitan Opera performance can be an exciting and somewhat intimidating experience. The process begins, of course, by selecting a production to attend. Each year, the Metropolitan Opera hosts a number of diverse musical performances in various styles. Individuals should review the available performances and consider their potential enjoyment of the subject matter prior to purchasing a ticket. At www.metopera.org, individuals can use the Opera Finder function to look for specific productions.
On the day of the selected opera, individuals should dress in a way that makes them feel comfortable. The opera’s dress code is no more strict than those of other public spaces, but many view the occasion as an opportunity to dress in their finest. The Met’s Instagram account is a great resource when it comes to gauging the appropriateness of dress at a performance.
Finally, most Metropolitan Opera performances contain at least one intermission. During this time, patrons are encouraged to enjoy a drink and discuss the performance with friends and new acquaintances. That said, all conversation should be completely suspended during performances. Patrons should also make sure their phones have been silenced and should refrain from leaving their seats unless absolutely necessary.