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Seidl studied at the Leipzig Conservatory from October 1870-1872.

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.

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 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.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.However, Anton Seidl died suddenly in New York City on March 28, 1898, not yet age 48, seemingly of food poisoning.The conducting style of Seidl is said to have been characterized by free tempi and interpretation, even of established classics, such as Beethoven, which divided listeners and critics of the era. Walter began conducting both oratorio society and concerts under his father, Leopold who became conductor of the German repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera in 1884.

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