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The Morgans, the Roosevelts and the Vanderbilts were among the families who founded the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1880. But there was already a house in town; the Academy of Music. Why did these upper-crust families feel the need for a new operatic venue?
The Academy had only 400 seats
They weren't upper-crust enough to get boxes at the Academy
The acoustics at the Academy were terrible
They liked to throw their money around
The Metropolitan Opera opened its doors on October 22, 1883 and even before they opened, there was an argument. The first opera performed was Gounod's 'Faust'. Italo Campanini sang the title role and Christine Nilsson sang Marguerite and the language the opera was sung in was the basis of the wrangle. What language was it eventually sung in on opening night?
A year after the Metropolitan Opera first opened its doors it was already moving out beyond the confines of New York. The management decided to bring the entire season on tour to another city, beginning a long association. What was the Met's 'second city'?
The 1892-1893 season of the Metropolitan Opera had to be cancelled for a reason unfortunate but common in theaters of the time. What?
Poor ticket sales
In 1900 Lionel Mapleson, librarian at the Metropolitan Opera, bought himself a new toy. It was such a lot of fun that he decided to take it to work and do something extra neat with it. His colleagues thought that he wasn't firing on all cylinders, but he made opera history. What did he do?
Flew above the building in his new zeppelin, trailing an advertising banner
Drove his new Olds onstage
Recorded bits of live performances at the Met on his new Edison Home Phonograph
Put his new Seeger Air-Siphon refrigerator in the wings to hold beer
Cosima Wagner went so far as to sue the Metropolitan Opera to stop its 1903 production of her husband's opera. What was she so upset about anyway? It wasn't like it was the Holy Grail or anything. What was the opera in question?
In 1907 an open rehearsal of a new opera presented the Metropolitan Opera audience with '...a radical modernism packed with directionless dissonance and a riot of screaming and tingling new sounds'. Critics reported that 'many faces were white almost as those at the rail of a ship'. It was banned at the Met until 1934. Johann Strauss Jr. it wasn't. What was it?
Hansel und Gretel
On March 18, 1910 a one-act opera premiered at the Metropolitan. Riccardo Martin sang Iolan, Louise Homer portrayed Naola and the conductor was Alfred Hertz. The patriotic 'New York Times' critic was as kind as possible, calling it nice but boring. What was special about this opera?
It was all-American
It was Puccini's only big New York flop
The chorus wore nude body stockings
It was about a girl who runs a saloon out West and falls in love with a desperado.
She was a fine actress, but it was after her marriage that she really made her name. She became the first woman on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera Association and the founder of the Opera Guild in 1935. She had a lot of horse sense and she knew the stakes were high. Who was she?
Mrs. August Belmont Jr.
Mrs. John DeWitt
The Metropolitan Opera Saturday afternoon broadcast is the longest-running classical music show in the world. Its 'Opera Quiz' is the longest-running quiz show. And a gold star for you if you can tell me who the sponsor was for 63 years!
Van Houtte Coffee
Eleanor Steber, Robert Merrill and Regina Resnick must have sung ethereally to have all won the Metropolitan Opera's 'Auditions of the .... what?
It's always sticky when there's a war on. From 1917 to 1919 no German was heard on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. That's understandable. But how did the company handle 1942-1945?
Italian opera ok, German opera ok except for Wagner, Japanese operas not ok
German opera not ok, Italian, French, Russian opera ok.
American opera ok, Russian opera ok, Gilbert and Sullivan very ok. Everything else not ok.
German opera ok, Italian opera ok except for Madama Butterfly
Sometimes a night at the Met really means a knight at the Met. Who was the flamboyant and controversial general manager of the Metropolitan Opera from 1950 right up to 1972?
For an opera singer, 'tessitura' means optimum vocal range. At the Metropolitan Opera 'Tessitura' also means something quite different. What does 'Tessitura' stand for?
Live HD cinema
Met Opera Radio (online)
This divine man conducted more performances at the Metropolitan Opera than anyone else ever did. What's his name?
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