New York City
Now in its 128th season, the Metropolitan Opera is located inside New York’s Lincoln Center, where it hosts more than 200 opera performances a season. Founded in 1883, the Met has presented a number of U.S. premieres and 31 world premieres, including Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy and Tan Dun’s The First Emperor. Under the direction of James Levine, the Met showcases the best talent from around the world in pieces such as La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Macbeth, and Aida. Backstage tours are available during the Met's season.