Radio: Opera Buff

This season, grand opera at Manhattan's Metropolitan opened with a slightly fussier fuss than usual. Last week, however, the Met got in the groove—a few new voices and a new red carpet, but the same old scenery, same old gilded box holders, and opera's perennial bright angel, NBC, occupying Grand Tier Box 44 for the Saturday matinee, Boris Godunoff.

Since 1931, for the privilege of broadcasting to some 10,000,000 music lovers and a countless short-wave audience, NBC has paid the Metropolitan a cool $100,000 a season. Some years it has been higher, with...

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