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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.An important opportunity for Seidl resulted from Wagner's recommendation of Seidl as conductor of the Leipzig Stadt-Theater.Seidl conducted in Leipzig from 1878-1882, to be succeeded by his Hungarian contemporary, the young Artur Nikisch (1855-1922).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.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.

Seidl then went to Bayreuth as one of Richard Wagner's copyists, living in Wagner's home.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 .

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