Music: Ring's Boom

One bitter cold morning fortnight ago passersby on Broadway wondered if there had been an accident at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House. Hundreds of people jammed the front entrance, fought to get inside the lobby. That morning seats went on sale for the Wagner matinee cycle. By night every last one had been sold. Forthwith Manager Edward Johnson, by announcing that The Nibelungen Ring would be repeated in an evening series, precipitated another frantic rush for seats. This week the orchestra will sound out the rolling E flat chord which introduces Das Rheingold. The...

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