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A New Documentary about The Metropolitan Opera

 

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Documentary
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For nearly 20 years, Beth Grosshans worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey. Now retired from private practice, Beth Grosshans is an advisory board member of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has consistently hosted some of the world’s greatest artists. On October 1, 2017, Susan Froemke, an Emmy-winning producer of film documentaries, debuted her newest film, The Opera, as part of the New York Film Festival. Appropriately, the Metropolitan Opera hosted the premiere showing.

The feature details the creation of the Metropolitan Opera‘s current home, which was constructed between 1963 and ’66. A few of the essential characters in the film are Leontyne Price, the famous soprano who starred in the building’s inaugural performance; Rudolf Bing, the opera’s general manager, who orchestrated the move to the new building; and Robert Moses, New York’s city planner, whose dogged determination caused an entire city block to be bulldozed to make way for the new Lincoln Center.

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Metropolitan Opera Names 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award Winner

 

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series

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HD Live in Schools
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A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Beth Grosshans worked as a clinical child psychologist for more than 25 years. Today, Dr. Beth Grosshans serves as an advisory board member of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera.

Since Peter Gelb took over operations as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, the organization has made serious strides toward expanding its international impact while increasing the annual number of new productions. Both of these initiatives can be appreciated through the Met’s Live in HD series, which allows for high-definition (HD) broadcasts of opera performances at movie theaters all over the world.

Upcoming Live in HD performances include Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, October 8, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Saturday, October 22. To learn more about these and other productions, visit http://www.metopera.org. The website also provides information on encore screenings of past performances like Richard Strauss’s Elektra.

New York Metropolitan Opera Hosts Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

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Manon Lescaut
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A retired clinical child psychologist, Beth Grosshans, PhD, authored parenting book Beyond Time Out, which covers the culture of child-centric parenting and provides techniques for dealing with unruly children. Outside of her professional pursuits, Beth Grosshans, PhD, enjoys the opera and is an advisory board member for the New York Metropolitan Opera (the Met).

The Met was founded in 1883 by wealthy society members who wanted a theater of their own. Today, it features two dozen operas and more than 200 performances each theater season. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in-house, while millions more take advantage of the Met’s online library.

An upcoming special event, Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut Gala Premiere, is scheduled for February 12, 2016. The opera’s opening performance occurs at 8 p.m., after a cocktail reception and a black-tie dinner. Led by principal conductor Fabio Luisi, soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann star in director Richard Eyre’s new production of the original love story, which is scheduled to run from February 12 through March 11.