Metropolitan Opera

„old “metropolitan the Opera House in the year 1905

the metropolitan Opera is theatres - a society at the Lincoln center in New York, Federal State New York. It is called colloquially Met. At present is Joseph Volpe general manager of the Met and James Levine Music Director. Due to reaching the pensionable age starting from the play time 2006/2007 Peter Gelb will take the place general manager.

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thoseold play place

view of the stage „the old “metropolitan Opera in the year 1937

the metropolitan Opera company was created in the year 1880 and received from the architect a J. Cleaveland Cady delighted opera house, which between the 39. and 40. Road at Broadway lay. To 27. August1892 damaged a fire the building heavily. After extensive renovation work the play place could be opened again and used still until 1966. Afterwards the metropolitan Opera company decided to shift their seat and thus their opera house to its current location. The first opera house became 1967torn off.

the new play place

in September 1966 referred the society a new building in the Lincoln center for the Performing kind together with 12 further organizations. The building lies between the Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue and between the 62. and 65. Road inUpper west simmers by Manhattan. There it can tape a hall with 3.900 seats.

the performances

the metropolitan Opera opened to 22. October 1883 with the opera fist (German title Margarete) of Charles Gounod. The opening of the new opera hallin the Lincoln center to 16. September 1966 was at the same time the world premiere of Samuel Barbers Antonius and Cleopatra.

A set of world premieres of the works of Giacomo Puccini were to be experienced in „the old “hall of the Met. La fanciulla del West (the girl from the golden west)in December 1910 and IL trittico in December 1918; IL tabarro (the coat), Suor Angelica (sister Angelica) and Gianni Schicchi. The moreover one in October 1958 Samuel Barbers Vanessa, which was appreciated with the Pulitzer price for music.

Important conductors and singer the metropolitan Operaat the beginning 20. Century were Gustav meals as conductor and Enrico Caruso as singers. Caruso debütierte 1903 as a duke in Rigoletto and remained by November 1920. 1908 began meals its activity to the Met with Tristan and Isolde. Maria Callas was inTo see and hear November 1956 for the first time in the opera Norma.

In the new hall there was a further world premiere already in March 1967 with Mourning Becomes Electra of Marvin David Levy and with Plácido Domingo (September 1968) and Luciano Pavarotti (November 1968) also two world-well-knownlarge singers. In December 1991 and in October 1992 followed two further world premieres, The Ghosts OF Versailles and The Voyage of Philip Glass.

the radio transmissions

the Saturday in the afternoon conceptions the metropolitan Opera are since the Weihnachtstag 1931 live over many radio stations of the USAand to hear in addition. The first transferred piece was the opera Hänsel and Gretel of Engelbert Humperdinck. For the financing of the radio transmission a firm sponsor since 1940, who terminated however 2004 its commitment, was. Since the metropolitan Opera find tries this transmission alsoTo set assistance of donations to a safe financial basis.


the splendourful curtain the metropolitan Opera is several hundred kilograms heavy and with cords from pure silk and Pailletten provided. After 15 years this new decoration curtain 2005 replaced the old curtain.Stage implement was manufactured by the German company Gerriets from Umkirch with Freiburg in mash gau.

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coordinates: 40° 46 ′ 20 " N, 73° 58 ′ 60 " W


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