MUSIC: Krafft-Ebing Follies

While the audience in Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House waited & waited for the curtain to rise, they whiled away the time by reading in their programs an apologia—by Surrealist Salvador Dali himself—for the surrealist ballet they were about to see:

"Perhaps, and without perhaps, every passing day makes me feel myself, so to say, and this is the moment to state, nailed to my own geology. . . . My brain and my eyes have always been attracted by mountains. And of all mountains, it was Wagner who produced the greatest effect upon me. . . . If Wagner is...

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