Metropolitan Opera"From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading opera companies.
The Met has given the American premieres of some of the most important works in the repertory. Among Wagner’s masterpieces, Die Meistersinger, Das Rheingold, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were first performed in this country by the Met.
Each season the Metropolitan stages more than two hundred performances of opera in New York. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Metropolitan Opera on television, radio, on tour and recordings.
Almost from the beginning, it was clear that the opera house on 39th Street did not have adequate stage facilities. The new Metropolitan Opera House, which opened at Lincoln Center in September of 1966, was equipped with the finest technical facilities.
In 1995, the Metropolitan introduced “Met Titles,” a unique system of simultaneous translation. “Met Titles” appear on individual computerized screens mounted in specially built railings at the back of each row of seats, for those members of the audience who wish to utilize them, but with minimum distraction for those who do not. “Met Titles” are provided for all Metropolitan Opera performances."