Dance and the New York Opera War, 1906–1912

  title={Dance and the New York Opera War, 1906–1912},
  author={George E. Dorris},
  journal={Dance Chronicle},
  pages={195 - 262}
Although the Metropolitan Opera had had a ballet company since it opened in 1883, apart from opera ballets it had staged only occasional dance performances until, in 1906, the company faced intense competition from Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera, resulting in large deficits. As part of this opera war the Met expanded its offerings and in 1909 opened a ballet school. It also imported Loie Fuller's company and then Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Mordkin, who entranced audiences. The next year the… 
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