EFENew York City, US

Nearly 140 years after it was founded, the Metropolitan Opera reopened Monday with the performance of an opera by a black composer for the first time, an attempt by the renowned institution to move away from its elitist and outdated image and join efforts by the American art world to open doors to greater diversity.

The excitement of the historic moment on the reopening of the Met Opera following a-year-and-a-half of pandemic-induced closure was palpable as endless lines of beautifully dressed New Yorkers waited impatiently outside the doors of the opera house, vaccination card in hand and the mandatory masks ready. EFE