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Subject: Re: The Old Metropolitan Opera House
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:40:36 -0500
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I was only there once, the Callas return with Corelli. There was such a tumult accompanying the performance that I remember very little of the physical surroundings. 

Patrick Byrne

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On Oct 24, 2016, at 9:51 AM, robert levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> .....Not t mention the class system that did not permit balcony(and above)
> humanoids to enter the house by the front doors....
> First seats for me were in 1965 (Walkure with Nilsson, Vickers, Rysanek and
> London - talk about spoining an opera forever) infamily circle side, where
> I had to hang over the edge to see the front (only) or other side of the
> stage.
> Sorry to add to Daniel's lack of sentimentalty but even seeing/hearing
> great Turanot with Nilsson and Corelli, Otello and Chenier with
> (disappointing but still major league) Milanov and others, I'll take Upper
> Manhattan!
> Bob L
> 
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 10:18 AM, Daniel Tritter <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> sorry, ed. to me a disaster on all counts....sight, sound,
>> stage, lights, rehearsal space, bathrooms, sherry's
>> (only good if you knew the bartender or head waiter),
>> no disabled access (i wasn't disabled then). i still have
>> visions of the shabby sets sitting out in the rain on 7th
>> avenue, waiting for the walton's warehouse truck to
>> arrive. i was in every location between january 1947 (my
>> first in house performance) and april 1966) and the only
>> seats worth the money were in the dress circle...about $6
>> at the end of the '60's, as i recall. i remember being at a
>> "vanessa" rehearsal before the premiere. where? in the ladies
>> rest room on the grand tier level. what does that tell you
>> of that wonderful theater? most of the postings here are from
>> people who were never there, or who have read of the golden
>> age and other sentimental claptrap, but largely have no
>> experience of what a theater should have. the garbage pit on
>> 39th street was obsolete on the day it opened. the law suit
>> was meritless on every count. the new theater, prayed for
>> all the way back to the otto kahn-gatti-casazza days, was
>> a multimilion dollar venture from  the start, and part of that
>> number was to be the proceeds of the sale of the site of the old
>> one....i don't remember joe gimma (licia albanese's rich
>> financier husband) offering big bucks to help in any direction.
>> would any sane board of directors hand over its property to
>> an organization, semi-competitive, without a caveat against
>> how the property would be used. the met in those days got a
>> lot of income from visiting ballet companies who rented the
>> hall during the april-september period when they were on
>> tour or in pre-season rehearsal...would they want a purchaser
>> to be profiting from a new kid on their former block?
>> 
>> but from all the logistical and legal obstacles, let's just talk about the
>> ticket buyers to opera performances: the met had limited sight lines
>> for nearly half the seats (and standing room), and very odd sound
>> problems in many parts of the house (excluding, of course, the
>> distant center of the family circle, fondly recalled by ed, though
>> his neighbors in family circle standing room probably heard 33%
>> less of the performance than ed did).
>> 
>> and so, friends of the met,,,and others ...
>> 
>> please cease your tears for the legendary "yellow brick brewery," as
>> one critic dubbed it. and though this seems the season for conspiracy
>> theories, try not to identify villains and their accomplices. the demise
>> of that appalling edifice was long in the planning. as any reading of
>> the history of the met  readily reveals, was economically desirable,
>> long delayed by the depression and world war II, but inevitable for a
>> management that needed no artistic debate as to the defects of presenting
>> opera at its highest quality in a decrepit piece of real estate that defied
>> any possibility of doing so.
>> 
>> q.e.d.
>> 
>> dft
>> 
>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 12:26 AM, Ed Rosen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>>> I came upon this a few minutes ago. The first picture is the place I
>> spent
>>> most of my time at the Old Met. I had a subscription in the last row of
>> the
>>> Family Circle ($1.65 per ticket) for the final 7 seasons! I can't say it
>>> seems like yesterday, but it doesn't seem 50 years ago either. Great and
>>> irreplaceable blessed memories.
>>> 
>>> http://untappedcities.com/tag/metropolitan-opera-house/
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