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Navigating The Metropolitan Opera House Seating Chart
The Metropolitan Opera House, with a massive seating capacity of 3800, is officially the largest repertory opera house in the world. The performance venue features a ground level orchestra section with five additional elevated sections that form an inverted U-shape. The five elevated sections are placed on top of each other and bent slightly forward to offer clear views to patrons no matter where they sit. Here's a good look at the Metropolitan Opera House seating chart to help you identify feasible seats in the venue.
Metropolitan Opera House Seating Chart
Metropolitan Opera House - Opera Shows
Metropolitan Opera House - Recommended Seats
• Value for money seats
- Orchestra: Orchestra Prime
- Parterre: Center seats
- Grand Tier: Rows four and five of center sections
- Dress Circle & Balcony: Middle seats
• If money were no matter
- Middle section seats of Orchestra, Parterre, and Grand Tier.
• Best views of the stage
- Orchestra: First 20 rows in Center Orchestra
- Parterre: First center row
- Grand Tier: First three rows
Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra
The Orchestra section is the largest seating area in the Metropolitan Opera House with a seating capacity of 1583, along with an additional 100 standing places. There are 33 rows in this section starting from A and ending with EE. Within the orchestra section, there are different subsections, each offering views of varying quality.
- Orchestra Premium Aisle: Two seats on each side of the aisle in the first twenty rows.
- Orchestra Premium: The center seats in the first twenty rows of orchestra constitute this subsection.
- Orchestra Prime: This subsection wraps around the orchestra premium subsection on sides and at the back.
- Orchestra Front Side: A small number of seats at the far side of row C through O.
- Orchestra Balance: The corner seats behind and to the sides of the sections listed above.
- Orchestra Rear: The last three rows in the orchestra section, including seats at the sides.
- Standing Room: Three rows behind orchestra rear which don't offer a physical seat for patrons but a standing area to watch the performance.
Metropolitan Opera House Parterre
The first of five elevated levels, the parterre features a collection of 29 box seats, forming an inverted horseshoe-shape. This section houses 220 seats in total. Here's a handy breakdown of the different subsections:
- Parterre Center Premium: This subsection comprises of the first row of the center area.
- Parterre Center: The two rows immediately behind the center premium make up this subsection.
- Parterre Side Box Rear: Rows two and three of the side boxes form the side box rear subsection.
- Parterre Side Box Front: The first row of the side boxes constitutes this subsection.
Metropolitan Opera House Grand Tier
Unlike the parterre, the grand tier has a block of seats in the center along with 5 set of boxes on either side. The central rows have 382 seats while the boxes have 60 seats in total. There are 30 additional places available in the standing room at the end of the section.
- Grand Tier Premium: The first three rows in the center two sections along with few seats on the aisles.
- Grand Tier Prime: In the center two sections, rows 4 and 5 and in the side center sections, rows 1 through 4, make up this subsection.
- Grand Tier Balance: Rows 5 and 6 in the center section.
- Grand Tier Box Front: This subsection constitutes the first row of the side boxes.
- Grand Tier Box Rear: The back row of the side boxes.
- Standing Room: The last subsection of the Grand Tier, the standing room doesn't offer any physical seat.
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Metropolitan Opera House Dress Circle
Featuring a layout similar to the Grand Tier section, the Dress Circle has 7 rows of seating in the middle with two sets of six box seats on either side. The center rows house 386 and the boxes have 68 seats in the total. This section is accessible to the public only during ballet performances.
- Dress Circle Premium: The first three rows in the middle and the first two rows of the side section.
- Dress Circle Prime: This section is made up of rows four through six in the center sections and most of the side center sections.
- Dress Circle Boxes: Six box seats on each side of this section, making up 68 seats in total, comprises the Dress Circle boxes.
- Standing Room: At the back of the Dress Circle section, there are 40 standing room places available. This section doesn't offer any physical seats.
Metropolitan Opera House Balcony
The Balcony section of the Metropolitan Opera House has 362 seats in total spread across 7 rows starting from A and ending with G. There are 80 box seats available as well although the view offered is partially blocked.
- Balcony Premium: The first three rows of the center area along with most of the first three rows of the side center section.
- Balcony Prime: This subsection is made up of rows 4 to 7 in the center section and some additional rows in the side center section.
- Balcony Balance: The side center section, from rows 4 to 7 make up the Balcony Balance subsection.
- Balcony Boxes: The two sets of 6 boxes on either side of this section make up the Balcony Boxes.
Metropolitan Opera House Family Circle
The last seating area in the Metropolitan Opera House is the Family Circle. There are 11 rows in this section from A to K and this section doesn't feature any box seats. Rows A to K have 591 seats in total while the standing places can accommodate 75 patrons.
- Family Circle Premium: This subsection includes rows one to four in the center three sections.
- Family Circle Prime: In the center sections, rows five through eleven and most of the side center.
- Family Circle Balance: This subsection comprises of rows six through eleven on the side section.
- Standing Room: The last seating area in the opera house, the standing room doesn't offer any physical seats.
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Which Seats Offer the Best View?
Seating and acoustics in an opera house are much different from a regular Broadway theatre. While you'll get both a good view and great sound at the lower level of the house, you'll be better off acoustically at the higher levels. Still, there's something undeniably great about the middle section seats of the orchestra level. You'll get a great look at the stage and the sound will also be great. The same applies to the next two sections parterre and grand tier. You'll notice while booking your tickets that seats in the first three rows of this section are marked "premium". These should be your first choice if money is not a concern. Specifically, the first twenty rows in center orchestra, the first center row in parterre and the first three rows in the grand tier section should be your pick.
Which Seats/Section Offer the Best Value for Money?
The Metropolitan Opera House offers 3800 seats for you to choose from. This means you can have your pick of budget-friendly seats across different sections. For instance, in the orchestra section, the orchestra prime which wraps around the premium subsection are quite value for money. Similarly, seats in the parterre center section offers a great view of the stage without costing quite as much as premium seats. In the grand tier section, rows four and five of the center two sections can be considered value for money. If you don't mind being further back, you'll find many reasonably priced seats in the middle of the dress circle and balcony section. You'll find the cheapest seats in the house in the family circle section, although the view offered isn't anything to write home about.
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