Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera
(also infml the Met)
the leading US opera company, and one of the best known in the world, based in New York at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. It was established in 1838. The company’s most famous head was Rudolf Bing, between 1940 and 1972. Its conductors have included Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini, and its singers have included Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Since 1940 it has broadcast its Saturday afternoon opera productions live on radio.

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Leading U.S. opera company, based in New York City.

Founded by a group of millionaires who had failed to get boxes at the Academy of Music, it opened in 1883. The Met soon outlived its frivolous origin, becoming the American equivalent of La Scala in Milan and second to no opera house in the world in the quality of the singers it attracted. Originally sited at Broadway and 39th Street, it moved into its new home at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966.

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