Music: Johnson's Social Success

Social recognition is of the utmost importance for a musical success in England. Invitations to entertainments of their lordships are of more importance than good press notices. Edward Johnson during his appearances with the British Opera made huge success both artistic and social. Of course, as Melba's tenor he was a logical candidate for acceptance by the elite. However, he amplified this with a bit of wise strategy.

Many of Melba's tenors have tried to make good use of their position to gain social favors, and have made a disastrous mistake. They have...

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