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Metropolitan Opera

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.
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
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[Geraldine Farrar, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Geraldine Farrar, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

J220225 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Hartsook Studios. Exhibited: Joan of Arc, Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, CT, May - August, 2007.

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Metropolitan Opera House, 1423 Broadway, New York, New York County, NY

Significance: The Metropolitan Opera House was the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1883 until 1966 and during these eighty three years played an important role in operatic tradition. Although the bu... more

[Portrait of George Shirley, tenor, Metropolitan Opera]

[Portrait of George Shirley, tenor, Metropolitan Opera]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: XVII SS 3. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities... more

[Portrait of George Shirley, tenor, Metropolitan Opera]

[Portrait of George Shirley, tenor, Metropolitan Opera]

Title derived from information on verso of photographic print. Van Vechten number: XVII SS 3. Also available on microfilm. Gift; Carl Van Vechten Estate; 1966. Forms part of: Portrait photographs of celebrities... more

Will he come? (Songs of Christine Nilsson)

Will he come? (Songs of Christine Nilsson)

From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1870-1885 (Microfilm M 3500) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form)

Geraldine Farrar / copyrighted 1898 by Addie K. Robinson

Geraldine Farrar / copyrighted 1898 by Addie K. Robinson

Photograph shows head-and-shoulders profile portrait of opera singer Geraldine Farrar. 60675 U.S. Copyright Office. The Library owns 2 copies; one received as a copyright deposit (no. 1a) and one received from ... more

Geraldine Farrar / copyrighted 1898 by Addie K. Robinson

Geraldine Farrar / copyrighted 1898 by Addie K. Robinson

Photograph shows head-and-shoulders profile portrait of opera singer Geraldine Farrar. 60675 U.S. Copyright Office. The Library owns 2 copies; one received as a copyright deposit (no. 1a) and one received from ... more