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 celebrated 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 looked back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections were 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.
Working with director and set designer Julian Crouch, projection designers 59 Productions created an unforgettable operatic celebration of this important milestone.