The Metropolitan Opera history since has been studded with so many famous names and historic performances they surpass any short listing.This is true also of its orchestra, although as we will see, the history of orchestra and musicians of the Metropolitan Opera is less well documented.One of the most famous MET General Managers was Rudolf Bing (later in 1971, Sir Rudolf) who reined (not an exaggeration) from 1950 to 1972.

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Then, in 1882, Seidl toured with the Angelo Neumann Nibelungen Ring Company.

The conducting reputation of Seidl was further consolidated during this tour.

The Metropolitan Opera and its Orchestra The Metropolitan Opera was incorporated in 1880 by wealthy sponsors.

The MET's inaugural season began on October 23, 1883 at its opera house at 39th and Broadway with a performance of Gounod's Faust.

Grau took over full directorship in 1898, after which the Metropolitan flourished.

Maurice Grau in 1902 With the re-opening of the Metropolitan Opera in 1893, the 'Golden Age' arrived under the direction of Maurice Grau, who took over management in October, 1891 .

From the MET's initial performances in 1883, until 1891, the musicians who formed the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera were, for the most part, from the New York Symphony, particularly musicians other than the Principals.

This would change beginning in the 1893-1894 season.

At Bayreuth, Seidl assisted in the creation of the first copy of the score of Das Ring des Nibelungen.