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The Metropolitan Opera & NY Film Festival Presents “The Opera House” Featuring Leontyne Price, Documentary 2017— Met Chandelier Photos Lisa Pacino

The Metropolitan Opera and New York Film Festival are teaming up to showcase the world premiere documentary The Opera House about the company’s history at the middle of the 20th century.

The Metropolitan Opera Chandelier, New York, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino. All Rights Reserved. Please e-mail us for licensing.

This new film is directed by Susan Froemke, The Opera House, per official press release, “surveys a remarkable period of the company’s rich history and a time of great change for New York.” It draws on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, and features the story of the new house’s construction with interviews with many people involved in the process. It also features such opera stars as Leontyne Price, Rudolf Bing, the General Manager who made the construction happen, and other storied figures including Robert Moses and Wallace Harrison.

The world premiere of the film will take place at a gala event at the opera house itself on October 1, 2017 as part of the 55th Annual New York Film Festival. This will also be the first time that the festival will be showcased at the Met. Susan Froemke previously directed Wagner’s Dream, a documentary dedicated to the making of the company’s recent production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by Robert LePage.

The Metropolitan Opera Chandelier, New York, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino. All Rights Reserved. Please e-mail us for licensing.

The 55th Annual New York Film Festival: The Opera House, Dir. Susan Froemke, USA, 2017, 108m, World Premiere: Renowned documentarian Susan Froemke takes viewers through the history of the Metropolitan Opera via priceless archival stills, footage, and interviews (with, among many others, the great soprano Leontyne Price). The film follows the development of the glorious institution from its beginnings at the old opera house on 39th Street to the storied reign of Rudolph Bing to the long-gestating move to Lincoln Center, the construction of which traces a fascinating byway through the era of urban renewal and Robert Moses’s transformation of New York. Most of all, though, this is a film about the love for and devotion to the preservation of an art form, and the upkeep of a home where it can live and thrive. This screening will take place at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.

1960’s construction of the Metropolitan Opera House as seen in documentary The Opera House, 2017. Photograph courtesy of the Met Archives.

The Metropolitan Opera House, New York is part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; designed by Wallace K. Harrison, construction 1963–1966, and then Met General Manager Rudolf Bing. It opened on September 16, 1966, replacing the original 1883 Metropolitan Opera House at Broadway and 39th Street. The Inaugural presented the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz, directed and designed by Franco Zeffirelli, and choreographed by Alvin Ailey. The 1966 Met has a seating capacity of approximately 3,800, the house is the largest repertory opera house in the world.

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

Images from the 2017 Documentary:

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August 28, 2017 Sources: Official Press Release, David Salazar, Opera Wire.

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