The production, conducted by James Levine, opens the Met's 2006-07 season on September 25 with soprano Cristina Gallardo-Domê¢s in the title role, Marcello Giordani as Pinkerton, Dwayne Croft as Sharpless and Maria Zifchak as Suzuki.
The dress rehearsal will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other free events that day will include a panel discussion with cast and production team members, an onstage tour, a chance to meet some of the creators of the new production and a look at production sketches and set models.
Visitors will also be able to see the new Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery, located in the Met lobby. The gallery's "Heroines" exhibition, inspired by the season's six new productions, features work by artists Cecily Brown, John Currin, Barnaby Furnas, Makiko Kudo, Richard Prince and Sophie von Hellermann.
According to a statement from Met management, the free events aim to "present opera as a more approachable art form ... part of new general manager Peter Gelb's plan to reinvigorate the Met and make it a vital and more accessible cultural destination."