JWG (jwg) wrote,

An old memory about the Metropolitan Opera House

I just saw a FaceBook post by a friend about the demolition of the original Metropolitan Opera House.

I recall going to my first opera there and saw Carmen - probably about 1955. (The Opera House was torn down in 1966). Zinka Milanov was the Carmen. After the opera my piano teacher took me backstage to see her.

I wasn't absolutely sure that it was Milanov but I googled my piano teacher and found this: The Community Concert Association presents Zinka Milanov, prima donna soprano, Metropolitan Opera Association ; assisted by Richard Wilens at the piano : [programme]. So they clearly knew each other - and now I am sure it was Milanov. My piano teacher had given up concertizing because he said it was too nerve-racking.
Tags: music, nostalgia, opera

  • Baseball

    When I was a kid I was a Yankees fan - I lived in NYC. My father was a NY Giants fan. We occasionally listened to games on the radio and I went with…

  • ROTC - 1957

    Yesterday was National Armed Forces Day. The closest I ever came to being a member of the Armed Forces was freshman year at MIT where taking ROTC…

  • Operas we've watched since January 9

    Since January 9th we have watched 31 MetOpera streams. Coupled with 52 earlier in the series we've watched 82. One of the few good features of the…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded