One of the most famous MET General Managers was Rudolf Bing (later in 1971, Sir Rudolf) who reined (not an exaggeration) from 1950 to 1972.
During this period, Bing was frequently accused of avoiding giving authority to any eminent conductor, and fearing the competition of a Music Director.
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.
Nevertheless, many of the leading conducting names worked at the MET during Bing's regime, including George Szell, Fritz Reiner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and even Herbert von Karajan.
- principal conductor of the German repertory Anton Seidl (1850-1898) was a Hungarian operatic conductor, born in Budapest May 7, 1850.
Grau took over full directorship in 1898, after which the Metropolitan flourished.