The Metropolitan Opera is a company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The Met was founded in 1880 as an alternative to the previously established Academy of Music opera house, and debuted in 1883 in a new building on 39th and Broadway (now known as the "Old Met").
The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America.
It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season which lasts from late September through May. The operas are presented in a rotating repertory schedule with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week. Moving to the new Lincoln Center location in 1966, performances are given in the evening Monday through Saturday with a matinée on Saturday. Several operas are presented in new productions each season.