Molto Agitato: The Menu Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera

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Molto Agitato: The Menu Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera is a new blog series that explores the relationship between food and opera.


In 1971, the Metropolitan Opera House debuted a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. The reviews were excellent, and the opera was a hit with audiences. But one element of the production caused consternation among the opera’s fans: the food.

The dish in question was a plate of spaghetti with meatballs, served during the intermission of the second act. It was, to put it mildly, an unconventional choice for an opera intermission meal.

Spaghetti and meatballs are now a staple of the Metropolitan Opera’s menu, and they’re just one example of the interesting and often unconventional food that can be found at the world’s most famous opera house. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the other dishes that have appeared on the Metropolitan Opera’s menu over the years.

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s leading opera companies, committed to presenting opera of the highest quality. It is dedicated to maintaining the living art of opera through the presentation of a broad repertoire of presentations that embrace the timeless classics.

The Met’s Menu

The Metropolitan Opera is world-renowned for its grandiose productions and wealthy clientele. What is less known is that the Met also boasts an impressive menu, with dishes that are as creative and varied as the operas themselves.

The Met’s menu features a variety of traditional opera-goers’ favorites, such as spaghetti alla bolognese and chicken Parmesan. But there are also more adventurous offerings, such as wild boar ragout and venison carpaccio. For those with a sweet tooth, there are countless dessert options, including tiramisu, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse.

With such a diverse menu, there is something for everyone at the Metropolitan Opera. So whether you’re in the mood for a light snack or a full-blown feast, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your appetite.

The Met’s Music

The Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s most prestigious opera companies. Based in New York City, the Met stages more than 200 performances each season, reaching an international audience of millions through its live broadcasts on Metropolitan Opera Radio and its high-definition performances transmitted to movie theaters worldwide.

The Met’s music program is dedicated to creating an extraordinary musical experience for every audience member, whether in person or through its many digital platforms. Under the leadership of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest opera orchestras in the world. The company’s vocalists are some of the most celebrated singers in the business, and each season features a wealth of exciting young artists making their Met debuts.

The Menu

The Met’s Menu

The Metropolitan Opera House is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, known for its lavish productions and top-notch performers. But what many people don’t know is that the Met also has an incredible menu to match its musical offerings.

The Met’s menu features a wide variety of dishes from around the world, including classics like Italian opera favorites like lasagna and spaghetti, as well as more modern dishes like Korean Bibimbap and Japanese sushi. And of course, no opera house would be complete without a selection of delicious desserts to sweeten the deal.

So whether you’re looking for a light snack or a full-blown feast, the Met’s menu has something to suit every taste. And with such an incredible lineup of musical talent on offer, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience at the Metropolitan Opera House.

The Menu’s Music

Music has always been an integral part of the Metropolitan Opera, with a long and storied history. While the main stage is home to the biggest names in opera, the Metropolitan Opera also has a menu of musical offerings that changes with each season. This year’s menu features a variety of genres, from classical to contemporary, and features some of the most popular operas of all time.

The Menu’s music is primarily focused on opera, with a mix of classic and contemporary operas being offered each season. The Metropolitan Opera house is one of the most well-known and respected opera houses in the world, and has been home to some of the most famous operas ever written. This year’s menu includes works by some of the most popular opera composers of all time, including Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Giacomo Puccini.

In addition to opera, the Menu also offers a wide range of other musical genres. Classical music concerts are offered throughout the year, featuring both well-known and emerging classical musicians. The Metropolitan Opera house is also home to a number of smaller groups who perform regularly, including an orchestra, a chorus, and a children’s choir. These groups offer performances that are both entertaining and educational, making them a great way to learn more about music and the opera house itself.

The Music

The Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s most renowned and respected institutions. At the heart of its success is the music. The Metropolitan Opera has a repertoire of more than 200 works, ranging from classics like Verdi’s La traviata and Puccini’s Turandot to contemporary pieces like Philip Glass’sSatyagraha.

The Met’s Music

For more than a century, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading providers of live opera. Each season, the Met presents a diverse range of operas from the classic repertoire, as well as more modern works by living composers.

The music at the Met is performed by some of the world’s most talented singers, conductors, and musicians. The Met Orchestra is one of the largest and most acclaimed orchestras in the world, and is led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The 2019-20 season features 11 different operas, ranging from classic works such as Verdi’s “Aida” and Puccini’s “Turandot” to more modern pieces like Philip Glass’ “Satyagraha” and Kaija Saariaho’s “Only the Sound Remains.” With such a wide variety of music on offer, there is something for everyone at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Menu’s Music

As the Orchestra helps to set the tone for the evening, the music for each course must also connote a certain feeling and work in tandem with the dishes.

“The Metropolitan Opera is one of the most acoustically perfect theaters in the world, which means that you can actually hear a pin drop,” says Andy Chimmich, Executive Chef. “That puts a lot of pressure on us to make sure that every note of music is perfect.”

To that end, the music for each course is thoughtfully selected by Chef Chimmich and his team. “We have a lot of fun with it,” he says. “It’s one of the best parts of putting together a menu.”

For example, the first course is always light and airy, designed to whet your appetite. The music is similarly engaging and will often feature works by Mozart or Vivaldi.

The second course is usually a bit heavier, and so the music will reflect that with selections from Verdi or Puccini.

As the meal progresses and you reach the third or fourth course, you’ll notice that the music becomes more bombastic. This is intentional, as we want you to feel like you’re attending a grand operatic performance. You’ll hear selections from Wagner or Strauss as you enjoy your meal.

Of course, no performance would be complete without an encore, and so we finish with a truly grand selection from Puccini’s Turandot. It’s the perfect way to end an evening at the Metropolitan Opera.


Overall, the food at Molto Agitato was quite good. The pasta dishes were all well-executed, and the filet mignon was cooked perfectly. The wine list is impressive, and the prices are fair. However, the desserts were a bit of a let-down. Although the tiramisu was decent, the cannoli was dry and bland.

Service was attentive and friendly throughout the meal. Our waiter was particularly helpful in recommending dishes and wines.

Molto Agitato is a great choice for a casual night out with friends or a romantic evening for two. The menu has something for everyone, and the atmosphere is cozy and inviting.

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