Opened in current location: 1966

First Performance:
Anthony and Cleopatra by Barbe

The Metropolitan Opera spent its early years in mid-town Manhattan in a building that from the beginning was deemed inadequate for the demands of a world class company. In 1966 it made the move uptown to join other performing groups at the new Lincoln Center. It kept with the contemporary theme of the performing arts complex, but continued the traditional use of "opera red" decor throughout. The magnificent gold curtain from its first home had been sold in foot square pieces as mementos, but a new, more modern style, curtain now hangs to continue that tradition.
This premier venue for opera in the United States also met with a fire disaster, as did La Fenice. In August, 1892, a worker dropped a cigarette backstage. Although the fire lasted only a few hours, it was fed by the large quatities of off-season scenery and props that were openly stored. The photo (left) shows the devastation in the stage and orchestra area.