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The Metropolitan Opera, founded in 1883Created by: PICRYLDated: 1900
Opera stars Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill deliver an aria at topping-ouut ceremonies for the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center The $42.7 million, 14-story building, in the background, is the largest of five structures in the center and is scheduled for completion next year World Telegram & Sun photo by Phil Stanziola
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, with its first opera house built on Broadway and 39th Street by a group of wealthy businessmen who wanted their own theater.

In the company’s early years, the management changed course several times, first performing everything in Italian (even Carmen and Lohengrin), then everything in German (even Aida and Faust), 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: Christine Nilsson, Marcella Sembrich, Lilli Lehmann, Nellie Melba, Emma Calvé, De Reszke brothers, Jean and Edouard, Emma Eames, Lillian Nordica, Enrico Caruso, Geraldine Farrar, Rosa Ponselle, Lawrence Tibbett and more. Some of the great conductors have helped shape the Met: Anton Seidl, Arturo Toscanini, Gustav Mahler, Artur Bodanzky, Bruno Walter, George Szell, Fritz Reiner, and Dimitri Mitropoulos.
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Auguste Rodin - Gustav Mahler - Büste von Auguste Rodin.
Metropolitan Opera House, N.Y. New York City sterescopic card, 19th century.

Metropolitan Opera House, N.Y. New York City sterescopic card, 19th ce...

On mount: European and Amerivan Views. Title from item.

Nielsen, portrait, three quarter length portrait

Nielsen, portrait, three quarter length portrait

Photograph shows Swedish opera singer Christine Nilsson, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right. Title from item. No. 1111. Stamped on verso: Gift, Virginia S. Benjamin, Feb. 12, 1946. Reference co... More

Karikatuurtekening / van Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), zanger, voor Louise Westermann-Heinze (1837-1929)
[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, full-length portrait, facing right, walking with a woman, others behind them]

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, full-length portrait, facing right, walking...

Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Shelf.

Ernest Haskell - Ex Libris Emma Eames

Ernest Haskell - Ex Libris Emma Eames

Ernest Haskell (American, Woodstock, Connecticut 1876–1925 West Point, Maine)

The operatic war in New York / J.K.

The operatic war in New York / J.K.

Print shows a clash between the Academy of Music and the Metropolitan Opera, with Henry E. Abbey, opera singers, conductors, and orchestras; some of the identified figures include Marcella Sembrich, Sofia Scalc... More

The Interior of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, with an Audience of over 3,500 People, on the Occasion of Max Alvary's 100th Appearance in Wagner's "Siegfried"

The Interior of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, with an Audien...

View from stage toward audience, showing prompter in box at front of stage. Flash-light photo by Ernest Marx. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card, with subsequent revisions. Caption card... More

Nellie Melba, in costume for "Lucia di Lammermoor", posed to sign the marriage certificate, ca. 1888 / photographer Felix Nadar, rue d'Anjou, St. Honore, 51, Paris

Nellie Melba, in costume for "Lucia di Lammermoor", posed to sign the ...

The pre-legendary Melba at the start of her career. Photographs of the young singer are rarer than when she had become world famous. Belying the myth, she was an attractive young woman and her costume, usually ... More

Nellie Melba as Ophelie in Thomas's "Hamlet", ca. 1889-1890 / photographer Benque, Paris

Nellie Melba as Ophelie in Thomas's "Hamlet", ca. 1889-1890 / photogra...

The legendary Melba at the start of her career. Photographs of the young singer are rarer than when she had become world famous. Belying the myth, she was an attractive young woman and her costume, usually supp... More

Geraldine Farrar, 1882-1967, Head and Shoulders Portrait

Geraldine Farrar, 1882-1967, Head and Shoulders Portrait

Head and shoulders portrait, facing front. Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: B.I.; Shelf.

Marie Engle, actress, vintage photo card
Gustav Mahler
[Emma Eames, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly left]

[Emma Eames, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly left]

72700 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by B.J. Falk, N.Y.

[Emma Calvé, 1858-1942, three-quarter length portrait, seated on floor, facing right]
19th century - Harris and Ewing, Washington, D.C.

19th century - Harris and Ewing, Washington, D.C.

Portraits and news photographs by Washington, D.C.-based firm, showing people, events, architecture in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Half lgth., facing right. Photoprint copyrighted by Amie Dupont, N.Y. No. ... More

[Emma Eames, 1865-1952, full-length portrait, standing, facing left]

[Emma Eames, 1865-1952, full-length portrait, standing, facing left]

67547 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo by Aimé Dupont, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Opera; PI; Shelf.

Metropolitan Opera House Reunion of the Pioneers and Friends of Woman's Progress on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Eightieth Birthday

Metropolitan Opera House Reunion of the Pioneers and Friends of Woman'...

Speakers highlight women's progress in religion, education, philanthropy, art, medicine, suffrage

Dame Nellie Melba, 1861-1931

Dame Nellie Melba, 1861-1931

Full lgth., seated, facing left; at spinning wheel. Photoprint copyrighted by A. Dupont. No. 1. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Spinning and spinning wheels; Photo... More

Nellie Melba 1859-1931

Nellie Melba 1859-1931

full length, seated at table, facing left Copyright 1896 by B.J. Falk, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings:Photog. I.; BI; Shelf.

[Emma Eames, three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing front with right hand on spinning wheel]
Sapho: Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique / / PAL.

Sapho: Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique / / PAL.

Performing arts poster for a performance of a comic opera by Henri Cain and Arthur Bernède, with music by Jules Massenet and based on a novel by Alphonse Daudet, showing Emma Calvé as Fanny LeGrand. Title from item.

Marcella Sembrich, 1858-1935

Marcella Sembrich, 1858-1935

full length, standing, facing left, holding fan; as Rosina

Calvé (1898), actress, vintage photo card
[Marcella Sembrich, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]
Mr. De Gogorza & Mrs. Eames

Mr. De Gogorza & Mrs. Eames

Photo shows Emilio de Gogorza (1872-1949), a baritone singer with his wife, singer Emma Eames (1865-1952). (Flickr Commons project, 2016). Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). T... More

Caruso & wife
Caruso
Caruso
Braslau

Braslau

Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia)

Nellie Melba
E. Ziegler

E. Ziegler

Photograph shows opera manager Edward Ziegler (1870-1947), who became the administrative secretary of the Metropolitan Opera Company in May 1916. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

Braslau

Braslau

Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia)

Caruso & Wallis
Fritz Reiner, George Grantham Bain Collection

Fritz Reiner, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

Geraldine Farrar
[Mme. Nordica]

[Mme. Nordica]

Photo shows American opera singer Lillian Nordica (1857-1914). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)

Geraldine Farrar
Figure of Caruso
Mrs. E. Caruso
Caruso artwork, George Grantham Bain Collection

Caruso artwork, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantham Bain Collection is availabl... More

Caruso girl (Gloria)
Geraldine Farrar, George Grantham Bain Collection

Geraldine Farrar, George Grantham Bain Collection

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... More

Braslau

Braslau

Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia)

Caruso & wife
Caruso and A.C. Clark

Caruso and A.C. Clark

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

Caruso
Etiketter för tändsticksaskar, från Svenskt Industri- och Handelsmuseum.(Jönköpings Tändsticksfabrik, Christine Nilsson).

Etiketter för tändsticksaskar, från Svenskt Industri- och Handelsmuseu...

Etiketter för tändsticksaskar, från Svenskt Industri- och Handelsmuseum.(Jönköpings Tändsticksfabrik, Christine Nilsson).

Caruso
Caruso
Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

Ettore Ximenes with Caruso statue in his studio

Ettore Ximenes with Caruso statue in his studio

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... More

Caruso
Johnson as Caruso
Caruso
Mme. M. Sembrich, George Grantham Bain Collection

Mme. M. Sembrich, George Grantham Bain Collection

Photograph shows Polish soprano opera singer Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935) who was born Prakseda Marcelina Kochanska. She performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Royal Opera House in London... More

Lt. Adolfo Caruso
Lawrence Tibbett, George Grantham Bain Collection

Lawrence Tibbett, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

May Peterson

May Peterson

Photograph show opera singer May Esther Peterson Thompson (1880-1952) who sang for the Metropolitan Opera Company, standing on the deck of a ship. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Bruno Zirato, Caruso & wife, Mrs. J. S. Keith
Caruso & Zirata
E. Ziegler

E. Ziegler

Photograph shows opera manager Edward Ziegler (1870-1947), who became the administrative secretary of the Metropolitan Opera Company in May 1916. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

Caruso
Caruso
Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... More

Caruso
Caruso
Mrs. E. Caruso
Geraldine Farrar, George Grantham Bain Collection

Geraldine Farrar, George Grantham Bain Collection

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. General information about the George Grantha... More

Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

Caruso as "Alvaro"
Gatti Casazza, George Grantham Bain Collection

Gatti Casazza, George Grantham Bain Collection

Photograph shows Giulio Gatti-Casazzo (1869-1940), an Italian opera manager who directed the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (1908-1935). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016) Title from data provided by t... More

Poster: Victor--Caruso
Caruso with phonograph
Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Caruso, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantham Bain Collection is availabl... More

F.C. Coppicus and wife

F.C. Coppicus and wife

Photograph shows Francis Charles Coppicus (d. 1966), general secretary of the Metropolitan Opera and manager to many opera singers including Enrico Caruso.(Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014) Title from data ... More

Caruso
Gatti-Gasazza, George Grantham Bain Collection

Gatti-Gasazza, George Grantham Bain Collection

Photograph shows Giulio Gatti-Casazzo (1869-1940), an Italian opera manager who directed the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (1908-1935). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016) Forms part of: George Grantha... More

Caruso & bride
Caruso
Caruso
Caruso & wife
Caruso
Caruso
Caruso
Braslau

Braslau

Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, with camera. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Hi... More

Caruso & wife
Caruso with phonograph
Caruso & wife
Caruso
Caruso bridal party
Caruso departing, 9/24/19
Caruso wedding
Bruno Walter, George Grantham Bain Collection

Bruno Walter, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

Caruso
Braslau

Braslau

Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia)

Gogorza and Eames, George Grantham Bain Collection

Gogorza and Eames, George Grantham Bain Collection

Photo shows Emilio de Gogorza (1872-1949), a baritone singer with his wife, singer Emma Eames (1865-1952). (Flickr Commons project, 2016) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Form... More

Braslau

Braslau

Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia)

Caruso
Caruso wedding
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