Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find background information on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts?
Visit The Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center at www.operainfo.org or find OPERA NEWS's broadcast coverage for a given season at www.operanews.com/broadcasts.

How do I subscribe to OPERA NEWS?
Call the circulation department at 866-400-0545 or email them at ONScustserv@cdsfulfillment.com. Customer service hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. To subscribe online, click on the "Subscribe" button on the navigation bar on the OPERA NEWS homepage

How do I buy Metropolitan Opera tickets?
Call the Met box office at 212-362-6000, or log on to www.metopera.org.

How do I contact a particular opera house? Can you help me purchase tickets to the opera abroad?
Unfortunately, we cannot coordinate the purchase of opera tickets for you. However, every September, OPERA NEWS publishes "Season Forecast," a season calendar of opera performances all over the world. You can find phone numbers, schedules and internet addresses for most opera houses here.

Another comprehensive source for opera houses worldwide is www.operabase.com This site is available in numerous languages.

Don't forget your travel agent, who may be able to arrange the purchase of tickets for you. If you have already booked a hotel, the concierge may be able to get opera tickets.

Where will my favorite singer be performing next?
Many singers have their own web sites. You can look up a singer on any search engine. Another good resource for singers' schedules is www.operabase.com. The information on this site is provided by the singer's agent or by the opera house in which he or she is performing.

How can I find a record listed in the magazine?
The Metropolitan Opera Shop can be reached at 212-580-4090, or visit them on the web at The Opera Shop. The Met Opera Shop specializes in carrying material related to the Met repertory. If you are unable to find the record there, you may email us at letters@operanews.com, and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

How do I obtain back issues of OPERA NEWS?
We carry issues as far back as 1980. Call Nicole Iaccheo at 212-769-7073 or email her at niaccheo@operanews.com. Please be as specific as possible when requesting an issue. Back issues are $5 each.

What if I want to read just one article from an older issue of OPERA NEWS?
Subscribers looking for articles published since 1991 can search online by clicking on the "Archives" button on the navigation bar at the top of the page. For older articles, we are happy to photocopy and mail or fax you a copy for a small fee, but please be patient, as we are a small staff without a research department. Don't forget to be as specific as possible when requesting an article. Email your request to letters@operanews.com.

Do you accept donations of old issues of OPERA NEWS?
Yes. We would be happy to accept back issues of OPERA NEWS, so long as they are in good condition, to supplement our own archives. We will work with you to arrange for their delivery to our offices, of which we generally try to cover the cost. To arrange for their shipment, please contact onlineinfo@operanews.com with information about what back issues you own.

I am a professional opera writer and I am doing extensive research on a subject. Can you help me? Can I visit your library?
The OPERA NEWS library is not open to the public, but we may be able to help you with research if time allows. There is a $75 project fee. To put in a research request, please email kittymarch@operanews.com. Another option is visiting the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The phone number is 212-870-1650.

How do I obtain permission to reprint a photo I saw in OPERA NEWS?
For recent photos, you must contact the photographer directly. Tell us what photo you are interested in using, being as specific as possible, and we can put you in touch with the photographer. Send your request to onlineinfo@operanews.com or to OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Attn: Photo permissions.

How do I obtain permission to reprint a plot synopsis from "Stories of the Operas"?
Contact Kitty March, Metropolitan Opera Guild, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; kittymarch@operanews.com.

How do I obtain permission to reprint an article that appeared in OPERA NEWS?
Please send all pertinent information, including where you would like to reprint the article. We will then contact the author and get back to you in a timely fashion. Send your request to onlineinfo@operanews.com or OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Attn: Permissions

How do I contact an author or an opera singer profiled in the magazine?
We cannot give out addresses for our writers or for singers. If you send the letter to us, we will be happy to forward the letter, provided we have the address. Please address your letter in the following format: OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; Attn: Singer Name, Please forward

I am having trouble getting into Standing Room, the Metropolitan Opera Guild's chat room.
If you are having trouble getting into Standing Room, please email info@operanews.com with your name, user name, password and subscription number (found on your mailing label) if available.

How do I submit an article proposal to OPERA NEWS?
Please send your article proposal, along with your published writing clips, to Kitty March, OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; kittymarch@operanews.com; Fax 212-769-8500. We do not accept works of fiction, personal remembrances or poetry. No phone calls, please. 

How do I submit information for "Dateline," the calendar of events?
Please send your information to Editorial Assistant Emily Ostertag at least three months prior to the event. Be sure to include the box-office number, website, name of the theater and casting and production credits if available. OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Attn: Dateline; eostertag@operanews.com, Phone 212-769-7072, Fax 212-769-8500. Please note that "Dateline" only lists fully staged professional operas. 

How do I submit an item for "Opera Watch"?
Please send your information, including photos, at least four months prior to the event, to OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 Attn: Opera Watch

How do I submit an obituary?
Please send all information, including birth date, death date, places of birth and death, to OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 Attn: Obituaries; onlineinfo@operanews.com 

I would like to write recording or performance reviews for OPERA NEWS.
Please send writing samples to: Kitty March, OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; KittyMarch@operanews.com; Fax 212-769-8500. No phone calls please.

I have written a book I would like to be reviewed.
Please send books to: Book Review Editor, OPERA NEWS, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; onlineinfo@operanews.com.

How can I find out about advertising in OPERA NEWS?
Click on the "Advertise with Us" link on the bottom of this page. You may also call 212-769-7073 or email ads@operanews.com.