The Opera House Comes to U.S. Cinemas for an Exclusive Two-Day Event, January 13 and 17

  • WHAT: Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera bring The Opera House, a documentary film selection of the 2017 New York Film Festival that chronicles the Met’s odyssey for a new home in the 1950s and ‘60s, to movie theaters across the country on January 13 and 17, 2018. The two-day-only event is a special addition to The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 season.

    The Opera House, a new film by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied 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. Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’sAntony 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.

Director Susan Froemke has more than thirty documentaries to her credit, including the classic Grey Gardens (1976), Lalee’s Kin (2001), an HBO film on poverty nominated for an Academy Award®, and Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

  • WHO: Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera
  • WHEN: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. local time

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. local time

  • WHERE: Tickets for The Opera House can be purchased beginning Friday, November 3 online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available November 3 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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For trailer, artwork and photos, visit the Fathom Events press site.
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