‘The Opera House’ Documentary To Appear on PBS

By David Salazar

Susan Froemke’s “The Opera House” is set to appear on PBS’s “Great Performances at the Met” on May 25, 2018. 

The documentary tells the story of the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s house in Lincoln Center and features a number of major figures of the mid-1960s. One of the major figures included in the documentary is soprano Leontyne Price, who took the stage in the new house’s opening night production of “Antony and Cleopatra.” 

The documentary also features such major figures as former Met Opera general manager Rudolf Bing, current general manager Peter Gelb, architect Wallace K. Harrison, composer Samuel Barber, director Franco Zeffirelli, and Robert Moses, among others. 

“The film was a natural for us, given our long-standing partnership with the Metropolitan Opera on ‘Great Performances at the Met,” which brings opera performances into homes across the country. This fascinating documentary captures not only the epic drama of building a new opera house but the creative challenges of commissioning and staging the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra,’” stated the series’ executive producer David Horn. 

The “Great Performances at the Met” series will continue with showcases of “Tosca,” “Semiramide,” “Così Fan Tutte,” “Luisa Miller,” and “Cendrillon.”