Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened in its new home, part of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York. Today, “the Met” is one of the most famous performance spaces in the world.Language is an important part of opera, and has been since the Met’s inception. When the organization was created in 1883, performances were entirely in Italian. Later, performances were entirely in German. Today, operas at the Met are usually performed in their original language—some in Italian, some in German, some in Russian, some in English, some in French . . . There are even “MetTitles” behind every seat in the theater, providing optional translations for most operas.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ballet Noun
type of formal dance with detailed, precise movements.
to transmit signals, especially for radio or television media.
classical music Noun
formal Western European style of music, prolific in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.
having to do with display of images that are more detailed than normal.
origin or start.
set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.
having to do with a city or urban area.
comic or dramatic play in which all roles are sung.
up to a person's choice.
entertaining act or presentation by a person or group of people.
building or outdoor space for hosting performances.
version of something in a new or different language from the original.
location of an event.