50th Anniversary Gala

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 BessSamson et DalilaLes TroyensI 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
Stephanie Blythe
Javier Camarena
Diana Damrau
David Daniels
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
Dolora Zajick
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

*Artists and repertory are subject to change

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