The Metropolitan Opera to Celebrate its Golden Anniversary by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
The Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala is set for this 2016-17 Season.
The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, New York with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz. The New York Times declared the opening of the new opera house a “crescendo of splendor,” and a new era of theatrical possibility was born. Fifty years later, the Met will celebrate its Golden 50th Anniversary on May 7th, 2017 in its current home with a special gala featuring some of the greatest artists in opera, performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections will be heard from such operas as Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, I Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra.
The Metropolitan Opera House was originally located at 1411 Broadway in New York City occupying the whole block between West 39th Street and West 40th Street on the west side of the street in the Garment District of Midtown Manhattan. It opened on October 22, 1883 with a performance of Faust. It was the first home of the Metropolitan Opera Company and now referred to as “the old Met”; it was demolished in 1967.
Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projection designers 59 Productions—the forces behind the Met’s 125th Anniversary Gala in 2009—will create an unforgettable operatic celebration of this important milestone.
A special gala dinner will follow the performance.
Scheduled to appear*
Juan Diego Flórez
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
*Artists and repertory are subject to change
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