Refurbished in time for the inaugural
celebration of the Opera’s 125th anniversary season on September 22,
2008, the chandeliers in the Grand Tier Restaurant and lobby of the opera were
brought back to their original resplendence. 50,000 strands of beautiful Swarovski custom-made crystals achieved the desired outstanding luminosity.
Every summer, the Metropolitan Opera House cleans
their chandeliers in preparation for the upcoming season. But this unprecedented project was more: many of the original crystals in the grand
Sputnik chandelier were lost or damaged. Met officials had considered fixing the chandeliers in the past however
abstained due to project cost and complexity. After fixing another chandelier for the Opera Club in 2006, Swarovski
volunteered to repair the spectacular Sputnik as well.
Opera fans were able to acquire a precious piece of history
by purchasing Swarovski crystals from the original chandeliers in the renovated