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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).
As a consequence, the Philharmonic Society of New York experienced new financial prosperity.
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.
The Metropolitan Opera was also closed during the 1897-1898 season.
During that season, the Opera house was leased to Maurice Grau and hosted only visiting opera groups.