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Free Screening of Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Set for Times Square
September 21, 2023, 5:22.56 pm ET


Photos: Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the 17th year, the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night will be transmitted live to numerous large screens on Tuesday, September 26 on Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Streets) and the Broadway plazas between 43rd and 44th streets and 46th and 47th Streets with additional standing room available.

This year, the Met’s season will begin Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” starring Joyce DiDonato and Ryan McKinny in a new production directed by Ivo van Hove and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The opera is based on the story of Sister Helen Prejan’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer.

The participating screens in Times Square include ABC SuperSign; American Eagle Times Square; Branded Cities’ NASDAQ Tower; and EXPRESS Times Square. The house opens at 5:30 p.m.; pre-show begins at 6:00 p.m.; and the opera begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is free, and no tickets are required.