New York State Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, and Avery Fisher Hall (l-r) make up Lincoln Center, New York City.
A philanthropist has given $30 million to the Metropolitan Opera.
The gift from Ann Ziff is the largest in the institution's history.
Met general manager says the gift is sorely needed.
The Met is projecting a $4 million budget deficit this year.
The opera has been trying to expand its audience in recent years by beaming high-definition feeds of its live performances into movie theaters around the world.