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The Met’s 50th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center Opens September 26th by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The Metropolitan Opera’s 50th anniversary season at Lincoln Center, New York opens Monday, September 26, 2016 with Mariusz Treliński’s new production of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and starring Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke.


The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, NY, chandelier. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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 Met will celebrate its Golden 50th Anniversary in its current home with a special gala on May 7, 2017 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 BessSamson et DalilaLes TroyensI Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra. Please look out for our 2017 coverage and articles.

“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. —September 17, 1966 New York Times cover


6. LP Met 1966 opening

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