This past Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of getting a backstage tour of the Met along with a select number of other bloggers. We were treated to hot chocolate and the tree lighting before the tour began. I brought my daughter with me and she loved it so much she told me she wanted to go back to the Met the next day.
Some additional facts we learned during this backstage tour:
- There are 50 trap doors on stage.
- Childrens chorus comprises of 100 children, who either grows out of the outfits or their voices before leaving.
- The 110 musician orchestra is placed on a double decker elevator set
- The Ceiling is 23K gold plated
Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia for some further reading.
The Metropolitan Opera is America's largest classical music organization, and annually presents some 220 opera performances. The home of the company, the Metropolitan Opera House, is considered by many to be one of the premier opera stages in the world, and is among the largest in the world. The Met, as it is commonly called, is one of the twelve resident organizations at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The Met's artistic standards are considered to be among the highest in the world. The company's stage facilities and technical staff offer leading directors and designers a state of the art environment in which to create any kind of production. The Met's production designs range from elegant and traditional to highly innovative and avant-garde.FrugalNYC Metropolitan Opera Giveaway (Ends this evening). Winner for a pair of Orchestra level seating ($90 value) will be announced tomorrow!
Have you been to the Met? What do you like or dislike about it? What's your favorite performance?
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