Met 201718 The Opera House

The Opera House

The Opera House, a new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’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 ’50s and ’60s.

Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 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 neighbourhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realised.

The great soprano Leontyne Price is the star of the documentary, just as she was the star of new house’s opening more than half a century ago. In an interview filmed this year, shortly before she celebrated her 90th birthday, she recounts, with flashes of humor and in great detail, what it was like to open the new Met — and even breaks into song a couple of times. – New York Times

Don’t miss “The Opera House” live on the big screen in the following Irish venues nationwide:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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