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The Metropolitan Opera House, 1905
The Metropolitan Opera House, 1905, on Broadway at 39th Street in New York

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The Metropolitan Opera House Opened in New York
October 22, 1883

Did you know that in some U.S. towns and cities, the opera house used to serve as a center of community activity? The most famous opera house in the country, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, opened on October 22, 1883. The first performance was of Charles Gounod's Faust, the fascinating tale of a German sorcerer who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, power, youth, and love. Have you heard of this story before?
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