7. There’s an Old School Poker Table in the Orchestra Lounge
Poker games in the pit orchestra lounge are a part of Met Opera lore. The archivists believe the poker games date all the way back to the Met Opera’s first off-season tour (by train!) in 1884. The games, which take place between acts and during intermission are quick but intense, with musicians playing in tuxedos and concert dress. In January 1998, the Wall Street Journal published an article exclusively about the famed Met Opera poker games, entitled “At the Met Opera, It’s Not Over Until the Fat Man Folds” and reported that Pavarotti played once and lost.