NBC Television Studio, Radio City, New York, March 10, 1940. The Metropolitan Opera on TV for the first time performing an abridged version of Pagliacci. Photo shows Hilda Burke (Nedda), George Cehanovsky (Silvio), and conductor Frank St. Leger. Photo Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Archives.

Developed in association with Indiana University Libraries, the Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database documents more than three-quarters of a century of opera, operetta and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States. The database traces performance programming from early presentations on experimental TV stations to current live and recorded productions released on broadcast and closed circuit television, cable, streaming platforms, and to theaters and select venues.