I recently had the opportunity to see Armida at the New York Metropolitan Opera. I had a great time and would like to share my experience with others so you have an idea what to expect if you plan on visiting the NY Met Opera any time soon.
When first arriving at the opera theater, our tickets were scanned and we were pointed to the direction of our seating. The theater was beautiful, velvet red carpet and the most gorgeous chandeliers I have ever seen. We took the stairs up one level and located the entrance to our seating area, Grand Tier, row E, seats 101 and 103. One side of the theater has even numbered seats and the other has odd numbered seats, so 101 and 103 are side by side. Inside the actual theater were more gorgeous chandeliers. Our seats were great, they were end seats right in the center of our section.
Once it was time for the show to start, the lights dimmed and the chandeliers inside the theater began to rise out of sight. Directly in front of each seat is a small screen for subtitles. The screen offers the option of leaving it off during the show, or reading the subtitles in English, Spanish or German. The neat thing about the subtitle screen is that you cannot see the screen of the person sitting next to you. It appears their screen is off, but if you lean over and look, theirs is actually on too. This is great because if a person wants to turn their screen off, they aren’t distracted by the screens of the people sitting next to them.
It is oftentimes suggested that people read about the show they will be seeing prior to attending the show. I planned on doing this but forgot to read about the show’s plot in time. It turns out that with the subtitles, reading the show’s storyline ahead of time was unnecessary. I was able to follow along and understand each scene. However if you are a slow reader or don’t want to be distracted with the subtitles, you may want to read up on the show you will be seeing ahead of time.
At the show, you will receive a program with lots of great information about the show you will be seeing, including performer biographies and an outline of the story. Take note, you should not read the storyline if you don’t want certain aspects of the show ruined. I read every word of the final act and was disappointed to know the ending ahead of time. Keep this in mind as you’re flipping through the program.
Our show started right on time, and had two intermissions. The show started at 8:00, the first intermission was around 9:30, the second around 10:20. The show ended at 11:30. There is a restaurant inside the opera house, but you need prior reservations. We did not have dinner at the theater, but from what I understand, if you’d like intermission dining, you select your fare prior to the show (when you make the reservation), and during the intermission you can enjoy a quick meal. I also spotted a bar downstairs, but we did not visit the bar.
The show ended at the scheduled time, 11:30. After the show, we headed directly outside to a line of awaiting taxis and quickly snagged one for the ride back to our hotel.
The show we selected, Armida, was spectacular. The performers where phenomenal and the experience as a whole was awesome and one I will not forget. The next time I go to New York, I will be sure to plan to attend a show at the New York Metropolitan opera again.