Music: The Met at 75

I should advise the directors of the Metropolitan, said Tenor Italo Campanini, "to tear out the inside of their building and rebuild . . .

The house is unfit for music." That was just after the Met concluded its first Manhattan season, and Tenor Campanini's observation has been echoed by many a singer since. The Met has nevertheless attracted more first-rate stars than any other of the world's great opera houses. This week the house celebrates its 75th anniversary with a nostalgic birthday review (lantern slides and ancient recordings assembled by the Metropolitan...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!