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Subject: Fwd: The Metropolitan Opera Will Open Its Gates to the Public Free of Charge, Beginning Tuesday, October 4
From: Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:52:48 -0400

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The Metropolitan Opera Will Open Its Gates to the Public,
Free of Charge, Beginning Tuesday, October 4

Visitors can tour the public spaces of the famous opera house between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m., including a new exhibition about the 50th anniversary of
the Met's home at Lincoln Center

New York, NY (September 22, 2016) - For the first time, the lobby of the
Metropolitan Opera House will be open to the public, free of charge, on
weekday mornings (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) beginning Tuesday, October 4 and
continuing through the end of the opera season. Visitors to the Met can
walk up the famous grand staircase of the opera house, admire the iconic
crystal chandeliers, or step out onto the balcony overlooking Lincoln
Center Plaza.
Personal photography will be permitted in all public areas of the house,
allowing tourists or locals to capture a picture of a classic New York
moment. In addition, a large television monitor will give visitors a live
look at what's happening on the Met stage, where rehearsals happen every
morning for the 225 opera performances the company presents each season.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Met is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center
this year, and visitors can also take in a new free exhibition in the
lower level of the lobby, Founder's Hall. The show features information
photographs on the building of the house at Lincoln Center, a documentary
containing rare rehearsal and performance footage from the building's 1966
opening, and in-depth information on the nine new productions that
anchored the historic 1966-67 season. In addition to self-guided tour
materials, a visitor guide will be on hand to answer questions and give
more information about the institution and the building itself.

The Met will open its 50th anniversary season at Lincoln Center on Monday,
September 26 with a new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde,
conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Treliński, and starring
Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton in the leading roles. For more information
on the Met season, please visit

posted by
Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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