Grau was followed by two other greats: Heinrich Conried 1903 - 1908 and the superbly organized and innovative Giulio Gatti-Casazza for 25 years from 1908 - 1935.
An important opportunity for Seidl resulted from Wagner's recommendation of Seidl as conductor of the Leipzig Stadt-Theater.
Seidl conducted in Leipzig from 1878-1882, to be succeeded by his Hungarian contemporary, the young Artur Nikisch (1855-1922).
From the MET's initial performances in 1883, until 1891, the musicians who formed the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera were, for the most part, from the New York Symphony, particularly musicians other than the Principals.
This would change beginning in the 1893-1894 season.
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.
Walter Damrosch had a successful relationship with Andrew Carnegie which resulted in Carnegie funding of the Symphony Society, and the funding of the construction of Carnegie Hall, opened in 1891.
This was a Damrosch strength of which the New York Times said '..has the shrewdness in business matters denied most musicians...' . During the 1920s, Damrosch progressively conducted symphony concerts less and less, and beginning 1927, became Music Director for NBC radio.
Grau took over full directorship in 1898, after which the Metropolitan flourished.
Maurice Grau in 1902 With the re-opening of the Metropolitan Opera in 1893, the 'Golden Age' arrived under the direction of Maurice Grau, who took over management in October, 1891 .
Then, in 1882, Seidl toured with the Angelo Neumann Nibelungen Ring Company.