The Metropolitan Opera was also closed during the 1897-1898 season.
Walter Damrosch had a successful relationship with Andrew Carnegie which resulted in Carnegie funding of the Symphony Society, and the funding of the construction of Carnegie Hall, opened in 1891.
This was a Damrosch strength of which the New York Times said '..has the shrewdness in business matters denied most musicians...' . During the 1920s, Damrosch progressively conducted symphony concerts less and less, and beginning 1927, became Music Director for NBC radio.
In 1885, Seidl was appointed as successor to Leopold Damrosch, who had died (1832-1885) as conductor of the German Repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera.
Also, during the Summers, beginning in 1886, Seidl conducted at the Bayreuth Festival.
At Bayreuth, Seidl assisted in the creation of the first copy of the score of Das Ring des Nibelungen.
As a consequence, Seidl was at the first Bayreuth Festival in the Summer of 1876.
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.
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.
However, Anton Seidl died suddenly in New York City on March 28, 1898, not yet age 48, seemingly of food poisoning.