Lincoln Center hosts hundreds of music, opera, theatre and dance productions throughout the year. The Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, and the New York City Ballet attract the finest musicians and performers from around the world; on any given night you can watch Placido Domingo in a production of Samson and Delilah, or listen to Itzhak Perlman play Bruch's Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. Summer festivals such as Mostly Mozart are highly popular, as well as outdoor events highlighting jazz, blues and international folk music. Symphonic orchestras, small chamber groups, world-reknowned artists, talented Juilliard students, choirs, ballet troupes, modern dance companies... Lincoln Center offers spectacular productions and concerts for an assortment of tastes.
In August they have a festival called Lincoln Center out of doors. Many free performances are held here representing different cultures. If it is a sit down performance get there at least 30 minutes before the show because they fill up fast. Other times they just have where you can just dance with other people. For example this year they had a swing marathon festival. Where people just dance to swing or jitterbug. Its ok if you do not have a partner to go with you just stick around for 5 minutes and someone will ask you to dance. Its ok if you do not know to how to dance some people are willing to teach you. Its all FREEE!
Now at other times of the year there are special performances that you have to pay for. These are held inside of the hall.
For $16 you get a tour of the Met. You get to see the change rooms, the practice rooms, the workshops where the sets are made, costume workshops and the backstage itself. The tour lasts about two hours and give great insight into what goes on in putting on an opera.
Main downside - no photos allowed.
I had the opportunity to attend a ballet matinée show of Romeo and Juliet at the David H. Koch Theater and I can highly recommend to go see the ballet if you have the chance!
The David H. Koch Theater is located in Lincoln Center and is formelly known as New York State Theater. The theater opened originally in 1964, as part of the World Fair that was held in NYC. After going through renovations, sponsored by David H. Koch, they renamed the theater in his honor. The theater has a capacity of about 2500 seats.
The day we went, the show was almost completely sold out and on the intermission between the 2 acts, soft drinks, beer, champagne, sandwiches and snacks could be enjoyed. This was the first time that I went to a theater or to see a ballet performance (that I know of) and the ballet show was excellent.
Note that it is forbidden to take pictures of the inside of the auditorium or the performance (I found out that after I had taken a picture of the big chandelier and the stage), and that the performance cannot be filmed either.
Want to see the latest film release on a REALLY big screen? Try the Imax theater at Lincoln Square. We went there to see Star Trek in May 2009 and it was simply awesome! Now that's what I call "going to the movies". One word of caution though, forget that $8 & $9 fee you normally pay at your local movie house, this one is gonna cost ya. $20 per. Pricey, but if the movie is great then it's worth every dime. And you can order tickets online through Fandango to be sure of a seat before they sell out.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3 acre (61,000 m²) complex of buildings in New York City which serves as home for 12 arts organizations: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc..
It's where the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera and the New York City Ballet are located, which are right next to the famous Julliard School of Music. This is where the famous New York Philharmonic called their home, with so many performances all year round. During the summertime, they also have Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as the outdoor event such as Midsummer Night Swing, which is where people can learn how to dance swing.
I think, of all these, the best thing to do is to go to an opera show, at least once in your lifetime. I have seen some of them, including La Boheme (it's so spectacular), Don Giovanni ( I think it's my favorite) and The Magic Flute (I can't type this in German, because it's complicated and I'm affraid if I mispelled it). It's really worth it.
If you are a jazz fan, you should go to the new Jazz at Lincoln Center at the new Time Warner building on Columbus Circle. The inside of institution is nice, with three main auditoriums: The Rose Hall, The Allen Room and the Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. I have been to the Rose Hall and it was unusually interesting to sit behind the performers (I think it was kind of cool), because I could see the audience and experience the stage just like the performers.
The Allen room has the best view of all, with its wall to wall window overlooking the Columbus Circle and Central Park South. On the other hand, the Dizzy's Club provides a more casual atmosphere which allows you to order food and drinks on the premise.
To see a City Opera performance is a wonderful way to get the flavor of NY opera but if you can see an opera at "the Met" , it is truly grand...elegant...regal....the red velvet covered steps pictured here are framed by 2 huge Chagall murals which can be seen from outside if you don't have a ticket & in my photo you can see one of my favorite views of of the Austrian crystal chandeliers that light the entire opera house and are lifted over the tiers of the theatre just as the show is to begin.
Lincoln Center is home to an array of performing arts centers, NY State theatre (home of the American Ballet Co & NYC Opera), The Metropolitan Opera house, Avery Fisher Hall (New York Philharmonic), Lincoln Center theatre & the Julliard school and the list goes on....
The Metropolitan Opera House is located in the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts complex.
It opened in September 1966 in it's current location, but the original Opera House dates back to 1883.
The building itself is quiet spectacular inside and out. We spent plenty of time taking photos of the impressive staircase in the lobby, plus more of the outside of the building and the fountain.
Go to a concert, ballet or opera in the Lincoln Centre of Performing Arts or take the back stage tour there.
The guided tour of the Lincoln Centre takes the visitor through the great theatres of the Lincoln Centre: The Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theatre and the Avery Fisher Hall. The guides give fascinating information and enliven the visual grandeur of this marvellous arts centre. The tour lasts about an hour and take place daily from 10.00 to 5.00p.m.