By 1880, these "old money" families were loath to admit New York's newly wealthy industrialists into their long-established social circle. Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, and Alexander Kipnis were first heard at the Met under Johnson's management. Through bolder stage productions, the Metropolitan Opera is bolstering its claim at opera’s forefront. Johnson served the company for the next 15 years, guiding the Met through the remaining years of the depression and the World War II era. It has a seating capacity of approximately 3,732 with an additional 245 standing room places at the rear of the main floor and the top balcony. an archaic[how?] [72] Sponsorship of the Saturday afternoon broadcasts by The Texas Company (Texaco) began on December 7, 1940 with Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. At its founding, the Met was the scrappy underdog of New York society, featuring ad hoc performances from second-tier European performers. Italian opera returned to the Met in 1891 in a glittering season of stars organized by the returning Henry E. Abbey, John B. Schoeffel and Maurice Grau as Abbey, Schoeffel and Grau. The Opera works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form. The company performed not only in the new Manhattan opera house, but also started a long tradition of touring throughout the country. (+video), PBS Great Performances at the Met Schedule, Metropolitan Opera Timeline with Images and Sound, Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio, "The New Stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, Rebuilt for the Production of Parsifal", The Metropolitan Opera at Google Cultural Institute, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Metropolitan_Opera&oldid=999942233, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2019, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Articles with dead external links from December 2018, Articles with dead external links from June 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Articles needing additional references from October 2014, All articles needing additional references, Articles needing additional references from September 2019, Articles needing additional references from July 2015, Wikipedia articles needing clarification from October 2018, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2015, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2020, Articles needing additional references from August 2015, Articles needing additional references from November 2017, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 18:54. New York, Mar, ill