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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert

By: Stephen Benak / Photographs Courtesy of The Met

  • Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert, May 7th, 2017

Lincoln Center Home of the Metropolitan Opera House

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The Metropolitan Opera House, located on the Upper West Side, Broadway at Lincoln Square in the heart of Manhattan, is perhaps one of the world’s finest venues for opera and ballet. Home to one of the largest opera stages, its artisans create stunning scenery and sumptuous costumes unrivaled anywhere in the world. The hundreds of internationally acclaimed composers, choreographers, singers, directors, conductors, musicians who are featured there make attending any one of the four to seven performances each week an experience to remember. The history of the Metropolitan Opera began in 1883 at 1411 Broadway in the Garment District. However, in the late 50's the Opera House outgrew this location, and the new Performing Arts Center opened to much acclaim in 1966. Today, its stately majesty and year-round performances attract over 800,000 visitors to the New York's cultural icon at Lincoln Square every year.

  • Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert, May 7th, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera House, Located on Broadway at Lincoln Square

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The popularity of opera has exploded in recent years and what better setting than the The Metropolitan Opera – or the Met, as it is affectionately called - to see a performance in all its classic glory, with greats like Pavarotti, Renee Fleming, and many others. The vibrancy in the air, the majestic lines of the edifice and long history are all awe inspiring. The gong sounding for the beginning of the first scene causes your heart to race with anticipation. The Met features the American Ballet Company in the Spring, visiting international ballet companies performing in the Summer adding to the full season of opera. La Bohème, debuted when the new House opened in 1966 and is again being performed in the 2017 season. Any planned visit to the Big Apple must include a visit to the Met.

  • Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert, May 7th, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera House is Perhaps One of the World’s Finest Venues for Opera and Ballet

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As seen above in Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito, each performance is enhanced by the smallest of details and massive sets that provide the perfect setting and backdrop. Over a thousand shipping containers are on hand for the myriad of operatic sets needed in any one season with a staff of over 400, helping to keep the operation smooth and flawless. It's no wonder that the Met draws the finest operatic and ballet performances in the United States and beyond. The experience of attending the Met goes beyond operas and ballets, the building itself, its décor, the fixtures are all magnificent. Further, if you have tickets for a matinee or evening performance, you may choose to dine in elegance at the Grand Tier Restaurant nestled between two Marc Chagall murals.

  • Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert, May 7th, 2017

Met Production of Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo

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A memorable evening at the Met is a cultural experience that is sure to last a lifetime and is a testament to the unparalleled professionalism of all those involved. From the meticulous planning with an eye to detail which is evident upon entry into the lobby and carried through to the stage and its performers. Whether waiting to be seated or dining upstairs at the Grand Tier, there is a sense of anticipation that what you are about to witness is extraordinary. The stellar 2017 season will reach its zenith May 7th when Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming return for The Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert, which for one evening, will be the center of the operatic universe. Tickets will be difficult to obtain...but, if your planning A Weekend in New York, call well in advance for other dates to the glorious Met.

  • Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Concert, May 7th, 2017

The Stunning Renee Flemming is a Regular at the Met

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An instantly recognizable talent, Diva Renée Fleming, can be seen often at the Met live on stage. And now, with the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD, you can see Mrs. Fleming and other theater greats from the United States and around the world. Through this series, The Met now broadcasts select seasonal performances via high definition satellite to over 2,000 big screens in 70 countries at local theaters on preselected dates and times. Millions of viewers around the globe can watch and hear the majestic romance & vibrancy that is the Metropolitan Opera House, simultaneously. An experience that was once exclusive to the residents of New York City and its visitors is now yours with a short drive to a theater near you.

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