18 Facts About Metropolitan Opera


Metropolitan Opera is an American opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, currently situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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Metropolitan Opera is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager.

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Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America.

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Metropolitan Opera employs numerous free-lance dancers, actors, musicians and other performers throughout the season.

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Metropolitan Opera Company was founded in 1883 as an alternative to New York's old established Academy of Music opera house.

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Frustrated with being excluded, the Metropolitan Opera's founding subscribers determined to build a new opera house that would outshine the old Academy in every way.

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Metropolitan Opera began a long history of performing in Philadelphia during its first season, presenting its entire repertoire in the city during January and April 1884.

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Metropolitan Opera used an Edison cylinder phonograph set-up near the stage to capture short, one- to five-minute recordings of the soloists, chorus and orchestra during performances.

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Metropolitan Opera's model planning, authoritative organizational skills and brilliant casts raised the Metropolitan Opera to a prolonged era of artistic innovation and musical excellence.

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Metropolitan Opera brought with him the fiery and brilliant conductor Arturo Toscanini, the music director from his seasons at La Scala.

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Metropolitan Opera had been responsible for engaging Gatti-Casazza and had held the position of president since the beginning of Gatti-Casazza's term as manager.

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Apart from this change, the new Metropolitan Opera Association was virtually identical to the old Metropolitan Opera Company.

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Metropolitan Opera presided over an era of fine singing and glittering new productions, while guiding the company's move to a new home in Lincoln Center.

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In 1963 Anthony Bliss, a prominent New York lawyer and president of the Metropolitan Opera Association, convinced the MOA to create the Metropolitan Opera National Company ; a second touring company that would present operas nationally with young operatic talent.

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Metropolitan Opera was the Met's third-longest serving manager, and was the first head of the Met to advance from within the ranks of the company after having started his career there as a carpenter in 1964.

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Metropolitan Opera Radio is a 24-hour opera channel on Sirius XM Radio, which presents three to four live opera broadcasts each week during the Met's performing season.

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Present Metropolitan Opera House is located in Lincoln Center at Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side and was designed by architect Wallace K Harrison.

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Metropolitan Opera died in the arms of his friend, tenor Jean de Reszke, after the curtain was brought down.

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