Thursday, July 9, 2009

lights...at the met opera house

When one visits the Met Opera House at Lincoln Center, no matter how many times you go, you cannot help but be awed by their chandeliers. They adorn the center of the lobby space {11 of them of many sizes}, as well as inside the theater {21 of them}. When you are in your seat and the lights dim and the chandeliers rise up passing your eye-level, you cannot help but follow the lights with your eyes up to the top of the theater ceiling. That excitement and drama never gets old. Last night, I visited the Opera House to see a nice performance of Pamela Herrera and Marcelo Gomes in ABT's Romeo + Juliet. And I think because it was SUCH a beautiful evening and since this is the last production of this year's ABT season {in the back of my head I knew I would not be visiting again for a bit}, the lights particularly stood out.
The chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera - created by chandelier-manufacturing company J.&L. Lobmeyr - have been hanging since opening night in September 1966. Apparently there are 49,000 pieces of Swarovski crystals that are on the 'sputnik'-like pieces. Amazing. See photo below that show the transformation of the chandeliers with a backdrop of the Opera House facade, changing the mood dependent on the light coming into the building. Pretty, isn't it?

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