Sunday Morning Opera: The New Met at 50


screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-6-12-43-amThis is one of those wonderful, self-indulgent posts that can be about anything.  I’m loving it.  I suspect I’ll just meander around Lincoln Center and do a Top Ten of my favorites – and they will be in no specific order. The Met is about magic – magical moments that will echo through the memory of opera, we hope forever.

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center turned 50 on Friday.  It is one of my favorite places, along with KSC, Tombstone, the Air and Space Museum in DC, and the Royal Crescent in Bath.

This is how it all began, once upon a time, when the satellite chandeliers were swept up toward the cosmos, and the theater darkened – SHE began to sing. But – the problem is that is not her most memorable moment at the Met.

1. Leontyne Price as Aida

2. Beverly Sills debut. My history professor gave everyone the day off and an ‘A’ to honor her.

3. Sherrill Milnes in Simone Boccanegra – my birthday present – 2nd row. I love the costume. All men should dress this way.

4. Richard Cassilly in Tannhäuser. I loved him in this opera. I think This is my favorite opera – period.

5. Luciano Pavarotti & Renata Scotto – This is where the he became a superstar.

6. Placido Domingo

7. Siegfried Jerusalem forge’s Siegfried‘s sword.

8. James Morris – Wotan

9. Sherrill Milnes & Placido Domingo & James Levine – Concert at the Met – I was there!

10. Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s triumphant return. There was not a dry eye anywhere that people love opera. The Met is about magic.

And then – there was the moment I fell in love with the Met and with opera. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a video of it.