The Metropolitan Opera
is located at Lincoln Center
in New York, New York
. It was founded in April, 1880. The first Metropolitan Opera House opened on October 23
, and was located between 39th and 40th Street on Broadway
. The original Metropolitan Opera House was designed by J. Cleaveland Cady and was gutted by fire on August 27
. After extensive renovation it continued to be used until 1966, when the opera company moved to their present location at Lincoln Center. The original building, having failed to obtain landmark status, was razed in 1967.
The Met (as it is also called) is also known worldwide for its live radio broadcasts of the Saturday afternoon opera productions which have been ongoing since 1940. Sponsored by Texaco (now ChevronTexaco) these broadcasts are now heard in many countries.