A first-class opera production is an amazing spectacle. Anything less than a first class opera is hardly worth seeing at all. America's premier opera company takes criticism for being somewhat stodgy and tradition-bound, but it does know how to produce a quality performance.
We booked the cheapest tickets possible ($30/ticket) through the Met's website (www.metopera.org), assuming that we'd have partial view seats. Although we were in the nosebleed section at the very top of Lincoln Center, our seats were front and center and we had a great view. The production was La Boheme, with art direction by Franco Zefferelli. While the music was undeniably wonderful, the best thing about this production was the sets. The second scene, which takes place in the streets of Paris, featured a very realistic multi-level set with real horses and ponies and a marching band.
The Met's season runs from September through May. Although rush tickets are available on the day of the performance, it's wise to reserve early. Judging from the limited availability through the web site booking service, most shows seem to sell out.