Spring 2019 Arts Calendar

You wouldn't visit Paris without going to the Eiffel Tower. You wouldn't plan a trip to Orlando that didn't include Disney World. And you shouldn't visit New York City without seeing a performance at Lincoln Center (opera and ballet) or catching a Broadway show (musicals and plays).

The 2019 Metropolitan Opera schedule, Spring 2019 Season at New York City Ballet (April 23 - June 2) and Broadway are full of wonderful, can’t-miss options. You can look over the March-May 2019 schedule below and buy your tickets right here on New York Online.

The Metropolitan Opera

From the moment you approach the Metropolitan Opera House from Lincoln Center Plaza and gaze up at the enormous, colorful Chagall murals, to the awe-inspiring moment when you take your seat in the enormous 3,800 seat theatre, to the magical moment when the chandeliers rise to the ceiling just before the performance starts, attending an opera at the MET is one of life's most memorable experiences.

The Metropolitan Opera

The current Metropolitan Opera season lasts until May and includes several Verdi masterworks, including La Traviata with Plácido Domingo (certain performances). Look over the Metropolitan Opera schedule this spring and beyond to find your favorite artists and works, buy your opera tickets and then book your airfare (priorities!).

Rigoletto - April 26 and May 1, 4, 10

Vittorio Grigolo, Francesco Demuro, Matthew Polenzani, and Stephen Costello share the role of Duke.

Samson et Dalila - March 28

Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandr Antonenko sing the roles of Dalila and Samson. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Tosca - March 26, 29 and April 2

Jennifer Rowley as Tosca, Wolfgang Koch as Scarpia. Carlo Rizzi conducts.

La Clemenza di Tito - March 30 and April 3, 6, 11, 16, 20

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Sesto, and tenor Matthew Polenzani as Tito.

Don Giovanni - April 4, 9

Guanqun Yu, Susanna Phillips, Adam Plachetka, Peter Mattei.

La Traviata - April 10, 13, 20

Plácido Domingo, Stephen Costello, Anita Hartig, Artur Ruciński.

La Traviata

The 2019-2020 MET season has already been announced, starting September 23, 2019 with a new production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other new productions include Handel’s Agrippina and Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Among the returning favorites are La Bohème, Così Fan Tutte, Macbeth, Le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, and La Traviata. Some operas are produced only once a decade, and for the true opera fan these rare opportunities are not to be missed. This season’s slate of infrequently-seen gems includes The Queen of Spades, Orfeo ed Euridice, Káťa Kabanová, and La Damnation de Faust. There are 25 opera productions to choose from in the 2019-2020 MET season. Please check back this summer for the repertory and to purchase tickets.

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet's home theatre was designed to look like a sparkling jewel box, and it is there you will find a treasury of some of the world's greatest dance works and dancers. NYCB's unique repertory is loaded with masterpieces by company founder George Balanchine as well as Jerome Robbins, the master of American dance. Knowledgeable critics often rank Picasso, Stravinsky and Balanchine as the greatest artists of the 20th Century–across all art forms. Don't miss the chance on your next visit to New York to see Balanchine's own company dance his works on a stage built big enough to accommodate his expansive choreography and his grand ambition–to create a truly great American ballet company.

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet programs generally consist of 3-4 shorter works, many of them abstract, plotless ballets–pure dance in highly distilled form. If you prefer story ballets, there is nothing more delightful than "A Midsummer Night's Dream" – Balanchine's dance interpretation of Shakespeare's beloved comedy, to music by Mendelssohn.

21st Century Choreographers I – 04/23, 04/25, 04/26, 04/27

Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky/Ratmansky)
Oltremare (Moretti/Bigonzetti)
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Copland/Peck)

21st Century Choreographers II – 04/24, 04/27 mat, 04/28, 05/01

New Neenan
Hallelujah Junction (Adams/Martins)
Herman Schmerman (Willems/Forsythe)
Concerto DSCH (Shostakovich/Ratmansky)

All Balanchine – 04/30, 05/04 mat, 05/05, 05/24, 05/25 eve

Scotch Symphony (Mendelssohn)
Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel)
Sonatine (Ravel)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky)

Barber, Broadway & Balanchine – 05/03, 05/05, 05/07

Barber Violin Concerto (Barber/Martins)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Rodgers, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)
Diamonds (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine)

Classic NYCB I 05/04 eve, 05/09, 05/11 mat, 05/12

Valse Fantasie (Glinka/Balanchine)
A Suite of Dances (Bach/Robbins)
New Peck 2
Western Symphony (Traditional American melodies, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)

Balanchine Meets Peck – 05/10, 05/14, 05/16, 05/18 eve

New Peck 1 (Stevens)
Symphony in Three Movements (Stravinsky/Balanchine)
The Times are Racing (Deacon/Peck)

Classic NYCB II – 05/11 eve, 05/17, 05/21, 05/22

Dances at a Gathering (Chopin/Robbins)
Stars and Stripes (Sousa, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)

Balanchine: Big & Bold – 05/15, 05/18 mat, 05/19, 05/23

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Brahms, orch. by Schoenberg)
Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine)

Symphonic & Electronic – 05/25 mat, 05/26

Stars and Stripes (Sousa, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Rodgers, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)
Tarantella (Gottschalk, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)
The Times are Racing (Deacon/Peck)

A Midsummer Night`s Dream – 05/28/2019 to 06/02/2019

Check out the New York City Ballet performance calendar right here at New York Online.

New York City is home to some of the best arts programming in the world, and Lincoln Center is the bullseye at the center of the target. For the confirmed opera fanatic or balletomane, a trip to the Metropolitan Opera or New York City Ballet can be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. But even if you have never attended an opera or a ballet performance in your life, why not start at the top? If you see a Verdi opera at the MET, or a Balanchine ballet danced by New York City Ballet (the company he founded), you know you have seen the very best. For the rest of your life, you’ll have the memory of having seen a world-class ballet or opera, and you’ll know what these art forms were meant to be.

Broadway shows

Opera and ballet not really your thing? Hey, we’re not here to judge, we’re only here to steer you in the right direction. Everyone enjoys a good Broadway show–it’s one of the things NYC is best known for–and the 2019 Broadway season has so many great options you’re sure to pick a winner!

See our 2019 season overview and you’ll be able to choose among Broadway classics, popular shows, new musicals, family-friendly productions, shows based on movies, revivals, the best of Off-Broadway, and Broadway plays. You can play it safe and go with a classic like Phantom of the Opera or Chicago, or you can be bold and choose one of the highly-anticipated new shows in the upcoming 2019 Broadway season, such as Be More Chill or Hadestown. See what's on Broadway during your visit and buy your tickets right here on New York Online.

Performances we recommend this spring

Closing soon: Anastasia (closing March 31, 2019), The Band's Visit (closing April 6, 2019), Kinky Boots (closing April 7, 2019), Avenue Q (closing May 26, 2019).

New shows and revivals: Kiss Me, Kate with Kelli O'Hara, Hadestown, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Oklahoma!, Ain't Too Proud, Be More Chill, The Cher Show.


Plays: To Kill a Mockingbird, King Lear.

Popular shows on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Pretty Woman The Musical, King Kong.


For theatre lovers, there is no better destination than New York. NYC is home to 41 Broadway theatres (over 500 seats) and 62 Off-Broadway theatres (100-499 seats), presenting the best in musicals and drama. There is something for every taste–everything from Broadway classics, new musicals, musicals based on movies, family-friendly shows, as well as classic and contemporary plays. Be sure to check out our rundown of the 2019 Broadway season and choose the show (or shows!) that’s right for you.