Music: Ghost at the Metropolitan

A rich man's ghost walked the faded red corridors of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House last week. Singers backstage talked of little else. Board members held consultations over it. Newspapers gave front-page headlines to Augustus D. Juilliard, the name of the rich old, man who used to sit quietly and attentively listening to opera from Box No. 2.

Augustus Juilliard's money, the public was informed, had saved the life of the Metropolitan Opera Company. Author-Musician John Erskine, in his capacity as president of the Juilliard School of Music, said so. Fifty thousand Juilliard...

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