Music: Beecham's Bark

As zealously as his father preached pills, Sir Thomas Beecham has preached music in England, spending 25 years and $10,000,000 on symphony concerts and operas. Often Sir Thomas has remarked good-naturedly that music in England is one long, promissory note. But at the season's gala opening in Covent Garden last week, England's No. 1 conductor was in no mood for suave epigrams. The opera was Fidelia, a heavy choice for Londoners less interested in Beethoven than in the King and Queen of Siam who sat in the royal box. The overture started but...

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