Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work. It usually takes place in a theatrical setting. It started in Italy in at the end of the 16th century and quickly spread throughout Europe. The word opera means "work" in Italian. Dafne by Jacopo Peri was the earliest composition that was considered an opera. This opera was tragically lost. The first opera that still survives today is a work called Euridice by Peri dating from 1600.
Many popular operas still continue to draw sold-out crowds like La Traviata and Carmen. Opera is usually performed at an opera house and accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble. The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City is one of the top selling opera venues in the world, but we will always have tickets available to the venue. Browse our site for your perfect seats to your next opera performance.