I had been to the Met before but it was to see a performance of the American Ballet Theatre. For that performance my seat was in the orchestra, which was amazing and expensive…the Met is a very well dressed crowd, everything from business wear to cocktail and formal dresses, though they’d still let you in with a more casual outfit on.
This season I was on a fairly tight budget and decided to try to see roughly the same amount of performances as usual for less money, which meant more balcony, and less orchestra seating.
This season I was determined to attend the opera. My choice was Verdi’s Egyptian tragedy Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. For Aida I had Family Circle tickets, which is situated at the top of the building, whew it’s high up, but it’s affordable. The acoustics were fantastic but visually it was more difficult to clearly watch the performers. Violeta Moore played Aida. The production received some harsh critique and I’m not am opera expert…but I really enjoyed it.
Next up at the Met – two performances by the American Ballet Theatre, both featuring Misty Copeland. For each performance, I had seats in different sections of the Family Circle balcony.
I attended Don Quixote, with Misty Copeland in the role of Kitri, Aaron Scott as Sancho Panza, Jeffrey Chirio as Basilio, and Roman Zhurbin as Don Quixote. This ballet was an over the top flamboyant production, the perfect escape, and the two and a half hours flew by. Copeland and Chirio didn’t have much chemistry but she was amazing as always — perfect phrasing and gorgeous lines.
Next up was the romantic ballet Giselle with Copeland in the role of Giselle, Roman Zhurbin as Hilarion, and Alban Lendorf as Count Albrecht. This was a new ballet for Copeland, and her graceful lines and strong lightening fast turns were perfect for this gorgeous classic ballet.
Let’s return to the Family Circle section – for those on a budget this is an extremely affordable way to watch performances at the Met, but with a few things to bear in mind. In this section there are railing in front of all the seats with a built-in display to show the English translation of the Opera. The downside to this is if you are petite like I am, you will need to lean forward in order to have a clear view of the stage. It’s definitely difficult to see the performers facial expressions from that high up. With that said, I wouldn’t mind sitting up there for some of the performances but I’ll probably invest in opera glasses.