Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Festival

With free outdoor opera screenings presented at the Lincoln Center Plaza,

The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD Festival will return for the tenth time this summer, with one screening each night.


Each evening of the festival, up-to 3,000 seats will be made available to the visitors to the plaza on a first-come, first-served basis.


The biggest stars of Opera get their close-ups on the big screen during the Metropolitan’s annual HD Festival. Held outdoors, the Summer HD Festival brings back several of those productions from the simulcast series. And while there are thousands of seats in the plaza, like I mentioned above, what I didn’t tell you is that they do fill up quickly. Sure, there will be additional provisions for the overflow crowd, it’s best to grab a seat by reaching at least 30-45 minutes before the start time, which could be anywhere between 07:30 and 08:00 pm.


Recently, the Metropolitan Opera House announced this season’s line-up. The biggest topic is that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be appointed music director. The initial plan was to appoint Yannick for 2020/21 season, however, due to reasons undisclosed, he’ll be appointed two years ahead of schedule.

The Summer HD Festival is generously supported by The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust. Additional funding is provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation.


The screenings at the festival go on as planned in the case of rain but will be most certainly called off in the event of lightning and thunderstorms. Bear in mind that canceled screenings are generally not rescheduled.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
Manhattan, NY 10023

Be there to truly be mesmerized! It’s worth taking a train from DC or a bus from Ithaca to New York. We promise.

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