The Opera House, a film exploring the rich history of the Metropolitan Opera, with rarely seen archival footage, stills and interviews, will be on view for two days, Saturday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 17.
The film takes the viewer on a journey back in time, 50 years ago, during the building of the Opera House and Lincoln Center, with a microscopic tour of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s, among the artists, architects, and politicians who participated in the project. Included in the documentary is footage of interviews with notable figures like famed soprano, Leontyne Price, who opened the new Metropolitan Opera House in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, Robert Moses, Wallace Harrison and many others.
This project, which was to replace the original home of the Met on Broadway near 39th Street, shows a time of “great change in New York City” in showcasing the arts, but also the loss of housing, forcing entire buildings filled with families to relocate under the name of urban renewal.
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