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August 1, 2005

Metropolitan Opera — Online

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Quietly this past spring, the Metropolitan Opera opened to anyone in the world its database of each of the nearly 26,000 performances there since the very first (above), in 1883.

Browse randomly or search by key word: title, composer, performer, what have you.

Entries on individual performances may include reviews by critics, pertinent related documents, photographs and whatever else may relate to the subject at hand.

Anthony Tommasini, in yesterday's New York Times story, wrote that "opera buffs everywhere are finding the database addictive."

Initially the Met proposed charging a fee for database access but Robert Tuggle, the Met's director of archives since 1981, persuaded the company to make it freely available.

Tell you what: Tuggle may be 73–years–old but he "gets it" a heckuva lot better than his supposedly more internet–savvy younger counterparts in other organizations who persist in their zero–sum–game approach to access.

Power and influence in the digital sphere accrue to those who are most — not least — accessible.

Also available on the Met site are opera excerpts, under Sounds of The Met.

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