While opera may have a reputation as an art form for the elite, anyone and everyone is invited to grab one of 2,000 available seats for the 12th annual Times Square broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera season's opening night on Monday September 25th. 

Seating will be first come, first serve with additional standing room available and the showing will begin at 6:30 to screens located at Military Island between 43rd and 44th Streets and Duffy Square between 46th and 47th.

Food and drink will also be available for purchase from TSQ MKT kiosks during intermission, so you don't have to worry about a grumbling tummy during the three hour epic!

The piece on display will be Vincent Bellini's 1831 opera Norma.  This piece will star celebrated soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of a high priestess caught between duty and desire, after a steamy affair with a soldier goes sour. 

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If you can't make it to Times Square and still want to get in on the action, you can also listen to Norma on Sirius XM's Metropolitan Opera Radio or on the Met's website, or aim to attend a Live in HD screening of the opera later this fall. 

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It may not be quite red carpet, but it's a good start!

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