Mr. Met pays a visit to the Met!

Mr. Met pays a visit to the Met!

This week, New York was swept into a frenzy of Mets Mania in anticipation of Major League Baseball's 111th World Series. On October 27, the NY Mets would face the Kansas City Royals for Game 1 in their first World Series appearance since 2000. One particularly dedicated Mets fan (and author of the blog "Perfect Pitch"), MET Orchestra oboist Susan Spector, had the idea to whip up some hometown spirit at that other Met - the Metropolitan Opera.

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From the Stage to the Pit

From the Stage to the Pit

The Metropolitan Opera season goes from September to May, with no break except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, with each musician playing four performances per week of some 25-30 operas per season. So why would anyone who had a "regular" job in a symphony orchestra chose to move to an opera orchestra, and more specifically, the MET Orchestra?

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Nurturing the Next Generation of Music Lovers

Nurturing the Next Generation of Music Lovers

Vincent Lionti, a violist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1987, is also the conductor of the GWYOA Youth Symphony.  As a conductor and educator, Vincent is passing on his love of music to future generations.  Video by Richard Kaplan and article by Sarah Vonsattel 

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A Letter from Maestro Muti

A Letter from Maestro Muti

On February 23, 2010, Maestro Riccardo Muti led the Metropolitan Opera in its premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila in his long-awaited MET debut. Composed in 1846 when Verdi was only 32 years old, this youthful work is rarely heard today. Maestro Muti led an all-star cast, starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role and Violeta Urmana as Odabella. The production was directed by Pierre Audi with sets designed by the architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and costumes by Miuccia Prada.

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A Visit to the Music Library

A Visit to the Music Library

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.  

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