Originally Posted by mbell
Thread revival to ask more questions. I will be in NYC Thanksgiving weekend and would like to see Tristan und Isolde at the Met. I would likely be content with the balcony since I am more interested in sound quality, but the other people I am with will be more interested in sight lines. What is the difference from a visual standpoint between the dress circle and the balcony? So far it looks like I can get 3rd or 4th row in either section.
And since it is a 5 hour opera, is there any legroom/comfort difference between those two sections? Some halls I have been in the leg room gets smaller in the cheaper seats.
Go for the Dress Circle, especially for a 5 hour performance. Legroom at the Met is pretty good, there's no difference between the 2 sections. As a reference legroom at the Met is betten than Carnegie Hall, Covent Garden, Wien Staatoper, and on par with Opera Bastille but less generous than State Theater across the plaza.