“What is beautiful enchants me. I mean not just physical beauty but a wider concept of beauty. There is beauty in poetry and in great musical or singing performances. There is beauty everywhere if you can just see it.” - Andrea Bocelli, Grammy-Nominated O
New York's original Metropolitan Opera House had its grand opening 136 years ago today, starting off with a performance of Charles Gounod’s “Faust”. Located at the corner of Broadway and 39th Street, the building had a seating capacity of 3,625 people and was nicknamed "The Yellow Brick Brewery" for its industrial exterior. After the Metropolitan Opera House announced in 19666 they would be moving to a new location in Lincoln Center, fans and artists gathered to say goodbye before to the “Old Met” before the building’s scheduled demolition. At a lavish gala, the company of the Metropolitan Opera House went onstage and sang Robert Burns’ poem ”Auld Lang Syne" with the audience, a fitting tribute to the historic venue.