On September 16 of 1966, The new Metropolitan Opera House opened in its new home at Lincoln Center. And the first Opera that performed at the new MET Opera House in Lincoln Center was Samuel Barber’s “Anthony and Cleopatra” with Leontyne Price and Justino Diaz. Later, the front page of the New York Times proclaimed the opening “a crescendo of splendor,” and a new era of theatrical possibility was born.
The MET, as it is known internationally, is at the top 5 of the greatest and most respected Opera Houses in the world.
This season, the MET celebrates 50 years at Lincoln Center and there are going to be many special celebrations, including a special Opera gala performance, with the greatest Opera artists of our time on May 7, 2017.
Since the official opening in its new home in Lincoln Center, on September 16 of 1966, and replacing the legendary 1883 MET Opera House, many wonderful, fascinating opera stories and moments happened in the new MET Opera House, we met so many opera stars in the new MET that now are legends in these days, from Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Sherrill Milnes, José Carreras, Monteserrat Caballé, James Morris, Leo Nucci, Ruggero Raimondi, Dame Joan Sutherland, to today’s beloved Opera stars like Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Zeljko Lucic, Stefan Kocan, Ildar Abdrazakov, Elina Garanca, Sondra Radvanovsky, Nina Stemme and René Pape.
With the fascinating design by Wallace K. Harrison and the beautiful Marc Chagall’s murals “The Triumph of Music” and “The Sources of Music” that are inside of the lobby plus the famous Sputniks Chandeliers that rise when every opera performance is about to begin… the Met Opera House is one of the most fascinating and most beloved Opera Houses in the world and its new home, the Lincoln Center for the performing arts, with the “David Geffen” Concert Hall (previously Avery Fisher Hall) home of the New York Philharmonic, the David H. Koch Theater home of the New York City Ballet and also with the famous and beautiful fountain in the middle of the plaza, the Lincoln Center for the performing arts is the most magical and beautiful place of New York City.