Music: $3 Per Seat

The San Carlo Opera Company, which has opened its annual season with a five-week stay at the Century Theatre, Manhattan, charges three dollars for an orchestra seat. The Metropolitan and the Chicago Company charge seven; standard plays and musical spectacles in New York charge from two and three-quarters dollars to eleven.

The costs of producing opera are much greater than those of producing other theatrical exhibits. For the usual Italian works, besides at least passable principals, a large and good orchestra is required, a sonorous chorus and usually a ballet. As against...

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