Alfred F. Hubay began his career at the Metropolitan Opera as an usher on October 3, 1943 and has been formally associated with the House for 62 years! His first performance was Boris Godunov on November 22, 1943. This means that he heard Ezio Pinza, for example, sing the title role not once, but eight times.
In 1956, Mr. Hubay was promoted to Chief Usher. He became House Manager in 1960, and eventually Box Office Manager in 1962. After retiring in 1987, he continued to serve as a valued consultant until 2005.
Throughout this period, he appeared as a panelist on the Opera Quiz during the Texaco Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts for 38 consecutive years.
In 1978, he was given the Verdi Medal for Achievement by the Metropolitan Opera National Council.
In addition to his service at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Hubay has contributed to multiple boards. He is a founding member of the
George London Foundation as well as the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He is a Life Trustee of Glimmerglass Opera and vice-president of the Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts. He has served on the boards of the Oratorio Society of New York, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Opera Orchestra of New York, to name just a few.