The Metropolitan Opera and New York Film Festival are teaming up to showcase a new documentary about the company’s history at the middle of the 20th century.
Directed by Susan Froemke, “The Opera House,” per a press release, “surveys a remarkable period of the company’s rich history and a time of great change for New York.” It draws on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, and features the story of the new house’s construction with interviews with many people involved in the process. It also features such opera stars as Leontyne Price, Rudolf Bing, the General Manager who made the construction happen, and other storied figures including Robert Moses, and Wallace Harrison.
The world premiere of the film will take place at a gala event at the opera house itself on Oct. 1 2017 as part of the 55th Annual New York Film Festival. This will also be the first time that the festival will be showcased at the Met.
Froemke previously directed “Wagner’s Dream,” a documentary dedicated to the making of the company’s recent production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by Robert LePage.