“The Opera House,” a film about the home of the Met, will be screened at The Grand on Jan. 13. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN OPERA

Film tells story of storied opera house



ELLSWORTH — “The Opera House,” a documentary about the home of the New York Metropolitan Opera, will be shown at The Grand on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. The film is the next in a series of the best recent documentaries and fiction films based on real events.

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke’s new film surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s home of the last 50 years against the backdrop of the artists, architects and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s.

Amongst the notable figures in the film are soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s “Anthony and Cleopatra”; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s general manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

General admission tickets cost $15.

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