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Events October 2017

LocalFilm Premiere

The Opera House Premieres at the Met

October 1, 2017

The Opera House, a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, will have its world premiere at the Met on October 1 as part of the 55th New York Film Festival. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, The Opera House chronicles the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s storied home of the last 50 years against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious general manager who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the larger-than-life city planner who directed the demolition of an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Square and the Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

Sunday October 1, 6:30 pm
The Metropolitan Opera House
Tickets $25

Lincoln Center in construction, 1966. Photo: Metropolitan Opera Archives


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