In the past, going to the opera was something that was affordable only for a handful of wealthy people. Today companies like the Metropolitan Opera aim to raise a new generation of opera lovers and to make opera open and available to everyone. To do so, they founded the Summer Recital Series in the parks, the annual free opera performances. It's not only a great opportunity to listen to some beautiful music but also to gather with your friends and spend a lovely evening with drinks and snacks. Don't worry if you won't get a seat right in front of the stage. You can still hear the music and enjoy the performance. Summer Recital Series are held at Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Jackie Robinson Park and other locations throughout the city.