Herman Krawitz talks about the time he worked closely with Chagall at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Herman Krawitz worked for the Metropolitan Opera for nineteen years, with nine of those years as Assistant General Manager. During this time he worked closely with Marc Chagall. He has a wealth of stories about Chagall and will share these experiences with us. Mr. Krawitz also had primary responsibility for planning the Metropolitan Opera House, the centerpiece of Lincoln Center, with architect Wallace K. Harrison.
During a diverse and interesting career Herman Krawitz was professor and founder of Theater Arts Administration at Yale and Executive Director of American Ballet Theater. He co-produced The Nutcracker with Baryshnikov and the award winning Baryshnikov on Broadway among others. Mr. Krawitz is currently Chairman of New World Records having recently retired as President. New World’s mission has been the documentation of the American composer through the production of over 600 recordings and the creation of the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) which facilitates the music research of both scholars and students.
In 1966, Chagall painted two monumental murals for the outside of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The pieces were titled “The Sources of Music” and “The Triumph of Music”, which he completed in France and shipped to New York.
On display in the lobby, the murals are approximately 30 ft (9.1 m) by 36 ft (11 m) and visible to the outside plaza,. The south wall holds the work entitled The Triumph of Music while the north wall contains The Sources of Music. In 2009, the opera’s board of directors decided to use the paintings as collateral for a long-term loan which previously relied on cash for backing. Some sources estimate the value of the paintings at $20 million. (Wikipedia)