As the 2018/2019 opera season at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center draws to a close, Untapped Cities is offering one final backstage tour on Sunday, March 17th, and there are still a few tickets available. Tours run in conjunction with the opera season, so this is the last chance to get backstage with Untapped Cities until the 2019/2020 season begins in the fall. Learn more about the tour and book your tickets below.

Backstage Tour of the Metropolitan Opera


  • Learn the history of the Metropolitan Opera in the iconic 4,000 seat auditorium
  • Visit the scenic and carpentry shops
  • See where opera singers get ready in rehearsal and dressing rooms
  • Gain access to backstage areas of the theater not open to the general public


  • Price: $35
  • What to know: Tours run approximately 75 minutes. The Backstage Tour includes considerable standing, walking, stairs, and elevators. We are able to accommodate individuals using wheelchairs or having other mobility challenges if a request is made at least 1 week before the tour date. Backpacks, briefcases, shopping bags, luggage, and other packages are not permitted on the tour, though a small ladies handbag/wallet may be carried. Guests with large bags and packages may be turned away from the tour. Checkroom facilities are not available, so please plan accordingly. Photography is not permitted while in the Metropolitan Opera House. Please note that as this is a working opera house, not all areas may be available on every tour. Also, please be aware that children under the age of 8 are not permitted on tours. Tours are led by docents of the Met Opera Guild.
  • What to wear: Comfortable shoes

Backstage Tour of the Metropolitan Opera


Peek behind the curtain of the Metropolitan Opera House and explore backstage areas that are not accessible to the general public. The Metropolitan Opera has been an institution since 1883 when its home was on 39th Street and Broadway. In 1966 the Met Opera moved into its current Wallace Harrison designed theater at Lincoln Center. The Met Opera House is the largest repertory opera House in the world, surpassing the Sydney Opera house seating capacity by thousands of occupants. The lobby alone is a stunning space, and the massive theater is breathtaking, but all of the magic is created backstage. On this backstage tour, guests will see first hand how the opera’s extravagant productions come to life in the buzzing backstage areas like the scenic and carpentry shops, the wig shop and costume shop.


Photo from Metropolitan Opera by Marty Sohl

Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Photo via Metropolitan Opera by Jonathan Tichler.

Backstage Tour of the Metropolitan Opera

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