Some of the parts the MET Orchestra uses are more than one hundred years old. Curious what they might contain, I went spelunking in the Metropolitan Opera's Music Library, where all the opera scores for the conductors and the parts for every singer and instrumentalist reside.Read More
There is always more going on at the Metropolitan Opera House than meets the eye: wig fittings, dance rehearsals, orchestral rehearsals. One particularly busy corner of the Met can be found by descending two stories below the stage level to the music library. Met 2nd violinist Sarah Vonsattel recently visited the library and spoke with Chief Librarian Robert Sutherland and Assistant Librarian Melissa Robason.Read More
During intermission and on Sundays, the MET Orchestra Musicians have taken to their pencils, computer keyboards, and iPhone cameras. The MET Orchestra Blog is a space for musicians to write and curate blog posts about their passion for opera and other related subjects.
We begin with a story by Mary Hamman, a MET Orchestra violist since 1992, who did some detective work into an unusual comment written on her Chénier part.Read More