Metropolitan Opera Documentary The Opera House Plays U.S. Movie Theatres January 13 and 17

Classic Arts News   Metropolitan Opera Documentary The Opera House Plays U.S. Movie Theatres January 13 and 17
 
The film from Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Met’s home at Lincoln Center over the past 50 years.

Cinemas around North America will screen the new documentary The Opera House, which charts the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 50-year home at Lincoln Center, January 13 and 17.

Watch a clip above, in which Leontyne Price recalls the conversation that led to her opening the house with the premiere of Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra in 1966.

The documentary from filmmaker Susan Froemke features archival footage (including the 1959 Lincoln Center groundbreaking with President Eisenhower), new interviews, and more—all against the backdrop of 50 years of vocal performances at the house.

Read: A THEATREGOER'S GUIDE TO ATTENDING THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

Click here for a list of participating movie theatres.

In the clip below, architect Kyna Leski shares the genesis story of the Met’s iconic “sputnik” chandeliers, which only came to be after her father Tad accidentally spilled paint over his sketches, creating a distinctive sparkle effect that now shines in the house’s lobby.

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