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The Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Star Studded Gala 2016-2017 Season by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in its new home at Lincoln Center with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra starring soprano Leontyne Price and bass-baritone Justino Díaz. The Met is now celebrating its golden anniversary 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.

The Metropolitan Opera Golden Anniversary: Sunday, May 7, 2017

5:00 PM Committee Cocktail Reception The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier

6:00 PM Gala Performance

Post Performance with Dinner with the Artists The Tent in Damrosch Park

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Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Javier Camarena, Dwayne Croft, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Vittorio Grigolo, Christopher Job, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, Željko Lučić, Angela Meade, Latonia Moore, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Sava Vemić, Rolando Villazón, Michael Volle, Yunpeng Wang, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva, Dolora Zajick, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. *Artists and repertory are subject to change

CONDUCTORS: Marco Armiliato, James Levine, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Production: Julian Crouch, Set Designer: Julian Crouch, Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard, Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt, Projection Designer: 59 Productions. This special gala performance is made possible by a generous gift from Sana H. Sabbagh.

Interspersed throughout the evening will be historic video clips, including a look at the groundbreaking of the new building, some background on the famous starburst chandeliers, and classic interview clips with Maestro James Levine. Among these video moments is a recent interview with Leontyne Price herself, conducted near her home in Maryland two weeks before her 90th birthday, during which the soprano reminisced about her journey from Laurel, Mississippi, to the world’s greatest opera stage. “Darling, I’m excited to be alive, and if I’m alive to talk about my operatic home, it’s even more of a joy,” the diva told a Met interviewer for a forthcoming documentary on the making of the new house. “There are so many wonderful memories from that extraordinary experience. I call the new Met the temple of grand opera. It’s majestic. And for years after the opening, whenever I’m in the neighborhood I would wave to the house and say, ‘Hi there, remember me? I opened you, you know.’”

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.

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

We published an article last year on June 29, 2016 announcing this event.

Met Article: https://www.metopera.org/Discover/Articles/Featured-Articles/house-proud/

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