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America's Greatest Opera House: The Story of the Met

Documentary about the creation of the Metropolitan Opera's new home in 1966 at Lincoln Square, which replaced the original 1883 house on Broadway.

Documentary that surveys a remarkable period in 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 documentary chronicles the creation of the Met's storeyed home in 1966, which replaced the original 1883 house on Broadway, against a 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 documentary are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 with 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 the Lincoln Center, and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realised.

1 hour, 48 minutes

Last on

Mon 7 Sep 2020 00:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:15

    Daniel O'Donnel

    O' Holy Night

  • 00:41

    Riccardo Muti, Orchestra Filarmonica Della Scala

    Prelude To Act I of "La Traviata"

  • 00:41

    Luis Cobos, The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra

    La Traviata: Preludio (Remasterizado)

  • 01:13

    Benjamin Luxon, Bbc Symphony Chorus, Bbc Symphony Orchestra: James Loughran

    Traditional (Arranged By Cedric Thorpe Davie, Robert Burns): Auld Lang Syne

  • 01:24

    George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra

    Lohengrin, Wwv 75: Prelude To Act I (Remastered)

  • 01:45

    Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan

    The Flying Dutchaman - Overture


Role Contributor
Producer Susan Froemke
Director Susan Froemke