Last Look at the Old Met

Last Look at the Old Met

by Judith Clancy




"Tell me, Harry, what's the consensus in your cell block on saving the old Met?" That line spoken in Whitney Darrow, Jr.'s New Yorker cartoon by a prison-visiting wife indicated the feeling generated in 1966 as scheduled demolition of the 83-year-old Metropolitan Opera House drew near. It's hard for the generations of opera lovers born since to realize the emotional impact when the Save-the-Old Met drive failed to halt that demolition. Among those who reacted was Judith Clancy. As a small girl living in a New York tenement her love of music and the dance had been nurtured from the Family Circle high up in the Met. She returned to New York before the demolition to make these drawings, the last of which was finished as the lights went down for the final performance in the house. Her book is a personal last portrait of that house by a talented artist who dreamed there as a child, studied there as a dancer, learned there to love ballet and then the opera and who was courted there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780912184104
Publisher: Synergistic Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/1969
Pages: 54
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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