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Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera


Inducted in 2000

The first Metropolitan Opera House was built on Broadway and 39th Street by a group of wealthy businessmen. In the company’s early years, the management changes course several times, first performing everything in Italian, then everything in German, before finally settling into a policy of performing most works in their original language – with some notable exceptions. The Metropolitan Opera has always engaged many of the world’s most important artists. Today, it also concentrates on training artists through its Lindemann Young Artists Development Program and National Council Auditions. The Metropolitan Opera has given the American premieres of some of the most important works in the repertory. In a further expansion of the repertory, thirty operas have had their Met premieres since 1976. Now, Regular Saturday afternoon live radio broadcasts, from December to April, quickly make the Metropolitan Opera a permanent presence in communities throughout the United States and Canada. Sponsored by Texaco for sixty years, the radio broadcasts are now heard not only across North America but throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Mexico. In 1977, the Metropolitan began a regular series of televised productions with a performance of La Boheme viewed by more than four million people. “The Metropolitan Opera Presents” televises three or four performances each season, and has made more than eighty-nine complete Met performances available to a huge audience around the world. The new Metropolitan Opera House, which opened at Lincoln Center in September of 1966, is equipped with the finest of technical facilities. Each season the Metropolitan stages more than two hundred performances of opera in New York. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Metropolitan Opera on television, radio, on tour and recordings.