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The Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center 50th Anniversary— Leontyne Price, La Prima Donna, September 16, 1966 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, New York 50th Anniversary— Leontyne Price, La Prima Donna, September 16, 1966 as “Cleopatra” in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.

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Leontyne Price, as Cleopatra, promo photo for Metropolitan Opera, New York, September 1966. Photograph by Met staff photographer Louis Melançon.

The first Metropolitan Opera House in New York opened on October 22, 1883, with a performance of Faust. It was located at 1411 Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets. It was destroyed by fire on August 27, 1892, the theater was immediately rebuilt, reopening in the fall of 1893. Another major renovation was completed in 1903. The old Met had a seating capacity of 3,625 with an additional 224 standing room places. A new Met proposal was made during the development of Lincoln Center to build itself a new home. The Met said goodbye to the old house on April 16, 1966, with a lavish farewell gala performance. The theater closed after a short season of ballet later in the spring of 1966 and was demolished in 1967.

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. On display in the lobby, and visible to the outside plaza, are two murals created for the space by Marc Chagall. The murals are approximately 30 ft (9.1 m) by 36 ft (11 m). The south wall holds the work entitled The Triumph of Music while the north wall contains The Sources of Music. There are 32 chandeliers suspended at the Metropolitan Opera House. In the lobby are 11 crystal chandeliers and the auditorium contains 21 matching chandeliers, the largest of which measures 18 ft (5.5 m) in diameter. It has a seating capacity of 3,794 and 245 standing positions on six levels.

“The ghosts from the old house – Caruso, Flagstad – all those folks – have moved uptown, too. When I’d look up at the gold ceiling, there they’d be, swingin’ around, saying to me, “Lee, you mess it up and we’ll take care of you!” —Leontyne Price, on performing opening night at the new Metropolitan Opera House, New York, September 16, 1966.

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.

Metropolitan Opera House
September 16, 1966

Antony and Cleopatra Opening Night of the new Metropolitan Opera House
at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York.

World Premiere
In the presence of the composer

Rudolf Bing: General Manager

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Samuel Barber-Shakespeare/Zeffirelli

Antony………………Justino Díaz
Cleopatra……………Leontyne Price
Caesar………………Jess Thomas
Enobarbus……………Ezio Flagello
Charmian…………….Rosalind Elias
Iras………………..Belén Amparan
Mardian……………..Andrea Velis
Messenger……………Paul Franke
Alexas………………Raymond Michalski
Soothsayer…………..Lorenzo Alvary
Rustic………………Clifford Harvuot
Octavia……………..Mary Ellen Pracht
Maecenas…………….Russell Christopher
Agrippa……………..John Macurdy
Lepidus……………..Robert Nagy
Thidias……………..Robert Goodloe
Soldier of Caesar…….Gabor Carelli
Eros………………..Bruce Scott [Debut]
Dolabella……………Gene Boucher
Canidius…………….Lloyd Strang
Demetrius……………Norman Giffin
Scarus………………Ron Bottcher [Debut]
Decretas…………….Louis Sgarro
Captain……………..Dan Marek
Guard……………….Robert Schmorr
Guard……………….Edward Ghazal
Guard……………….Norman Scott
Soldier of Antony…….John Trehy
Watchman…………….Paul De Paola
Watchman…………….Luis Forero
Sentinel…………….Peter Sliker
Dance……………….Sally Brayley
Dance……………….Nira Paaz
Dance……………….Rhodie Jorgenson
Dance……………….Hope Clarke [Debut]
Dance……………….Jan Mickens
Dance……………….Lance Westergard

Conductor……………Thomas Schippers

Director…………….Franco Zeffirelli
Designer…………….Franco Zeffirelli
Choreographer………..Alvin Ailey [Debut]

[Antony and Cleopatra received eight performances in one season.]

Various Retrospect Photographs & Memorabilia:

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Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino is the Director of the Exclusive Worldwide Official Leontyne Price Fan Club.

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