The Opera House (2018)



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Fathom Events and The Metropolitan Opera present The Opera House, a new film by documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, on January 13 and 17 only. The Opera House surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera's history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen footage, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, 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 cultural life in New York City. Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met's imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable 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.


Critic Reviews for The Opera House

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Froemke never fully squares these stories with opera's long-accused elitism. Instead, the film reverts to quietly absorbing inside-baseball territory lit up by a couple of uncommon personalities.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A plethora of pleasures are hidden under the deceptively mundane title of "The Opera House."

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Only sometimes plays like a fund-raising tool.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Froemke has created a fascinating picture of how art and humanity survive across time and place.

Aug 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Far from a harmonious performance.

Jul 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This documentary about how the Metropolitan Opera moved from its old Midtown house to Lincoln Center is more dramatically rendered than it has any right to be.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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