Music: Best-Selling Schwanda

In an old Bohemian fairytale, Schwanda, a bagpipe player, was a perfect antidote for boredom. He melted Queen Ice-Heart who would have married him if his wife Dorota had not appeared with her carpet bag, demanding explanations. He put new life into the Devil who, before Schwanda visited him, was reduced to playing solitaire and reading Hell's tabloids. . . .

In Manhattan the opera Schwanda der Dudelsackpjeijer (Bagpipe-player) made a Metropolitan Opera audience forget last week how bored it had become with the idea of new operas, few of which survive more than one or...

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