Encore Society Members on the Met
The first live opera that Reverence Blackburn attended was Mozart's Don Giovanni. Mariusz Kwiecien is pictured here in the title role.
I grew up in Flint, Michigan, where my love of opera was nurtured through the Saturday afternoon Met broadcasts. At the age of 10 or 11, a friend and I would go to the Flint Public Library and check out the libretto for the following Saturday's broadcast. We would get together at one of our houses, our moms would make us lunch, and we'd listen to the performances coming live from the stage of the Met. This continued through high school, and by then I was hooked on opera.
I am remembering the Met in my will because I always want there to be a "first time" for new opera lovers. It gives me great pleasure to think of the joy, the splendor, and the sheer magnificence that await future generations, and I'm happy to do my small part to see that the Met goes on and on and on.
—Rev. Terence Blackburn
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