John Legend performs Dec. 4 during opening week at The Met Philly. (Courtesy Live Nation Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House has already lived many lives. It’s about to live another one.

The venue, which opened with 4,000 seats in 1908 as the largest theater of its kind in the world, has been the home of various opera companies, a movie theater, a ballroom, a sports venue and a church. On Dec. 3, it will be reborn as The Met Philly, a home for live music ...

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