Opens January 26! Q&As with director Susan Froemke, The Metropolitan Opera’s Peter Gelb, and editor Peter Livingston following the 6:15pm showings on 1/26 & 1/27.

Renowned documentarian Susan Froemke takes viewers through the history of the Metropolitan Opera via priceless archival stills, footage, and interviews (with, among many others, the great soprano Leontyne Price). The film follows the development of the glorious institution from its beginnings at the old opera house on 39th Street to the storied reign of Rudolf Bing to the long-gestating move to Lincoln Center, the construction of which traces a fascinating byway through the era of urban renewal and Robert Moses’s transformation of New York. Most of all, though, this is a film about the love for and devotion to the preservation of an art form, and the upkeep of a home where it can live and thrive. An NYFF55 selection. A release of The Metropolitan Opera.