Explore the History of the Met Opera’s Lincoln Center Home on "Great Performances: The Opera House"

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22 May 2018
Great Performances: The Opera HouseCourtesy of Metropolitan Opera
"Great Performances: The Opera House"
Premieres Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS 
(Check your local listings)
          "Great Performances: The Opera House," the new documentary by multiple Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke (Grey Gardens; Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton) surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York City. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied Lincoln Center home of the last 50 years, set against a backdrop of the artists, architects and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 1950s and 60s.

The Opera House
Courtesy of Louis Mélançon /
Metropolitan Opera Archives
        Amongst the notable figures featured in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the Met’s present Opera House in 1966 with a starring role in Samuel Barber’s Antony 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 unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

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