May 7

50 Years at Lincoln Center: A Gala Celebration

The Metropolitan Opera

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On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz. The New York Times declared the opening of the new opera house a “crescendo of splendor,” and a new era of theatrical possibility was born.

Fifty years later, the Met will celebrate its golden anniversary in its current home with a special gala featuring some of the greatest artists in opera, performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections will be heard from such operas as Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, I Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra.

Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projection designers 59 Productions—the forces behind the Met’s 125th Anniversary Gala in 2009—will create an unforgettable operatic celebration of this important milestone.

A special gala dinner will follow the performance.

Scheduled to appear*

Piotr Beczała Ben Bliss Javier Camarena Diana Damrau Joyce DiDonato Plácido Domingo Michael Fabiano Renée Fleming Juan Diego Flórez Ferruccio Furlanetto Elīna Garanča Susan Graham Vittorio Grigolo Mariusz Kwiecien Isabel Leonard Željko Lučić Amanda Majeski Angela Meade James Morris Anna Netrebko Kristine Opolais Eric Owens René Pape Matthew Polenzani Rolando Villazón Michael Volle Pretty Yende Sonya Yoncheva Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus *Artists and repertory are subject to change

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