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The New York Times looks at what happens just before a performance of a show at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

The Met is known for hosting some of the most ambitious and awe-inspiring operas and shows in the world. Each production requires a small army of actors, technicians and make up artists to make it happen. In this video, The New York Times takes us behind the scenes of a production and shows us what goes on in the final hour before a show is due to start.

The New York Times - What Happens Just Before Showtime At The Met Opera image of Metropolitan Opera House

The New York Times speeds up the footage that they shot so that they can show us every aspect of the backstage area. It’s incredible to see the sheer number of people who are involved in the production. There are people doing jobs that most people don’t even know exist. The whole thing is scored by a lively drum beat which helps us to appreciate the fast-paced and manic last minute preparations of a show of this size. It’s the other side of the curtain that most of us never get to see…

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