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post #16 of 24
Im trying to work in a performance of Salome this winter. I hear the costuming is fantastic. For that, I shall try to sit close.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by mbell View Post
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.

thanks much

mike

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.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by von Rothbart View Post
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.

Thanks for the info. I've unfortunately never had the pleasure of attending any of the venues you mention. Hopefully some day. I probably will go for the dress circle. I just wish is was not $40 more than the balcony. I still need to check with the other people I am going with.

mike
post #19 of 24
we usually just show up at the met and purchase tickets at a discount from people with extras. However we want to see something on our anniversary so I'm mulling over best places to sit. Here are some choices:

front orchestra - $175/ticket
grand tier rear sides - $175/ticket
back of dress circle - $150/ticket

thoughts?
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by vinouspleasure View Post

we usually just show up at the met and purchase tickets at a discount from people with extras. However we want to see something on our anniversary so I'm mulling over best places to sit. Here are some choices:
front orchestra - $175/ticket
grand tier rear sides - $175/ticket
back of dress circle - $150/ticket
thoughts?

Back of dress circle, IMO, but your date might find the front orchestra seat kind of posh...
post #21 of 24
thanks for the quick reply. we've sat in front of orchestra, why back (it's actually last row) of dress circle? better view and acoustics from an elevated position? I'm also mulling over a place to eat, leaning towards picholine but she loves chagall and I understand the grand tier restaurant has a few.
post #22 of 24
Front Orchestra seats are really nice position, not sure how acoustics measure up.
post #23 of 24
^ this is sort of inane, no?

anyhow, we ended up in 6th row center orchestra. The seats were great, we've sat in the orchestra before but not quite so close. I'm not sure the last row of the dress circle (or any row of the dress circle) would have been better as sitting up close helps one feel more engaged with the performers. Picholine was terrific, it was nice to leave at 7:50 and be in our seats at the met by 8:00.
post #24 of 24
Just saw this. Back of the Dress Circle sucks. If you're going to sit in the Grand Tier or Dress Circle, you want to be in the first two rows. The overhang kills the sound. Same thing with sitting in the back of the orchestra.

Balcony has the best sound. Then the Family Circle. (Family Circle has the friendliest people and a serious amount of opera degenerates. But nobody really makes an effort to dress up in this section.)

First few rows of the Orchestra sound great then the sound gets worse as you move further back. Singers sound great, it's just the sound from the pit shoots up and over most of the Orchestra section. It sounds like a stereo with the treble knob turned slightly down.

Anyways, 6th row center orchestra is a fantastic choice for a date or anniversary. I don't think you could have done much better.
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