FRYEBURG – The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center presents a special one-time screening of multiple Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke’s new documentary, “The Opera House,” Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The critically acclaimed film surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, The Opera House chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s.

Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s “Anthony and Cleopatra;” Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious general manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for the Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show when the box office opens at 5:30 p.m. The LHE/PAC is located at 18 Bradley St.

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City under construction. The theater opened in 1966.


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