Philip Johnson

Film depicts birth of New York's Lincoln Center

Resplendent in a plaid turban, green cowl-neck muffler, pearl necklace and silver-ridged earrings, an icon of opera sits in a straight-back chair and reminisces about her career.

Leontyne Price (who turned 90 after this interview was conducted) is astonishingly precise in her memory as she discusses opening the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966 and making a historic debut at the old Met five years before that.

Price is the unquestioned star of a documentary by Susan Froemke that blends operatic and architectural lore with an overview of New York's social and political history in the 1950s and '60s.

"The Opera House," a two-hour film with...

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