Vanished Venues: The (Old) Metropolitan Opera House

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Friday, October 22, 2010

From 1883 to 1967, the original Metropolitan Opera House stood on the corner of Broadway and 39th Street. Today, as our week-long "Vanished Venues" series comes to a close, we remember the building that served as America's most illustrious concert hall for almost a century. Also, a conversation with soprano Patricia Racette, an opera star burning up the stage at the Met today.

Vanished Venues: The (Old) Metropolitan Opera House

Our series on great concert halls and nightclubs from New York music history concludes with a look at the old Metropolitan Opera House, which stood at West 39th Street and Broadway until 1967. Our guests include music writer Patrick J. Smith and Alfred Hubay, who worked at the Metropolitan Opera for 62 years.

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Soprano Patricia Racette never knew the old Metropolitan Opera House. But her performances at the new Met have firmly placed her amongst leading players on today’s opera stage.  She joins us today to talk about performing not one but three roles in The Met’s recent production of Puccini’s Il Trittico – as well as her upcoming role in its new production of Verdi's Il Trovatore.

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