There are a number of special funds for which the Metropolitan Opera is currently seeking support. Many provide naming opportunities for gifts that meet or exceed a certain minimum funding amount. Please contact the Planned Giving office for more information about these and other special-purpose bequest possibilities:
LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM The Met’s intensive three-year program provides urgently needed personalized training to the most promising young opera artists. The names of the graduates of this program read like a “who’s who” of gifted young singers in the opera world and attest to the importance of this unique program to opera companies throughout North America and abroad.
NEW PRODUCTIONS New productions are the lifeblood of every Metropolitan Opera season, enabling every generation to rediscover the classic repertory. They attract to the Met the world’s greatest opera artists, designers and directors and are the highlights of our national radio broadcast and telecast seasons.
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AND MEDIA The Met has a number of programs designed to increase attendance and expand the audience for opera, to enliven the art form with new energy and perspectives, and to make it more accessible to a more diverse audience, thereby enabling more people to enjoy opera at less expense. The Met has a long history of using the most current technologies to expand its audience, beginning with its beloved Saturday radio broadcasts, and more recently, with its award-winning The Met: Live in HD transmissions to movie theaters around the world. Among the Met’s current outreach initiatives are education programs for students and teachers in New York City and throughout the United States, including HD Live in Schools and MetOperaStudents; discounted ticket programs such as the Rush Ticket program; and free outdoor performances throughout New York City, including the opening night live relay to Times Square and outside the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, the Summer Recital Series in parks around the city, and the Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center; and free live performances at the Met, such as open dress rehearsals and final dress rehearsals for students.
CAPITAL PROJECTS This fund provides needed monies to modernize and replace the Met’s aging stage equipment and technical infrastructure, much of which dates from the company’s move to Lincoln Center in 1966. This fund also supports repair and restoration of the fabric of the Metropolitan Opera House and improvements to front-of-the-house amenities such as elevators and public restrooms, to enhance the audience’s comfort and overall experience.
ORCHESTRA, CHORUS, AND MUSICAL LEADERSHIP This provides funding for the orchestra, chorus, and key musical leadership positions such as the Music Director’s Chair, the Chorus Director’s Chair, and the Dance Director’s Chair. Gifts that meet the minimum funding requirement may be recognized on the orchestra or chorus page in the program book throughout the season.
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