Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Part 1 - New York City and Metropolitan Opera Internship Diary

It seems crazy to be writing this but... I'm in New York! My new home for January and February!

I mentioned back in November that I was accepted for a month-long internship at the Metropolitan Opera costume workshop. I flew out on Wednesday last week and had my first day at the Opera on Monday, and so far I'm having a wonderful time. We've had sun and rain and snow already, and I have been able to revisit my favourite places in the city, as well as new areas.

The beautiful building above will be my office for the next five weeks. The Metropolitan Opera is located at the Lincoln Center, the hub of performing arts in Manhattan. It is home to the Met. Opera, New York City Ballet, New York orchestras and schools such as Julliard. In February it will also play host to New York Fashion Week.

I had a great flight from Heathrow to JFK - there were so few passengers that everyone had a row to themselves - who needs upper class when you get just as much space in economy!? My reading material for the flight was the latest issue of Selvedge magazine - the Costume issue, featuring fantastic interviews and articles by designers, makers and more. Anyone interested in costume and textiles should definitely get to know Selvedge magazine! Their bi-monthly publications are beautiful and so inspiring! Here is a link to their website: selvedge.org

On Friday I had a walk around the Lincoln Center, down past Central Park to Times Square, before spending some time at the MoMA. See my next post about the exhibitions - there was a fantastic one about the work of  production designer Dante Ferretti. On Monday I started at the Met. The early morning start meant for beautiful views of Central Park south, one day there was a beautiful sunset, the next, a snowstorm! 

I am so excited to see what the next five weeks bring, and best of luck to all the other girls on my course also doing their work placements this term :)


  1. Wanna see the Part 2!! Your blog is so interesting!

  2. Cannot wait for your next post Megan!