This is a more contemporary building, which I love. I have been to three operas here (The Magic Flute, La Traviata, & Falstaff) - all were amazing. Note that I have never been to the opera anywhere else, so I have no basis for comparison, but even for an opera novice this is a fantastic experience. I have gone with friends visiting NYC and they loved it. Deeply discounted tickets ($20 each) are available for weekday performances on the same day. There are also student discounts.