Music: Rhinestone Horseshoe

No one has denounced the high price of opera more eloquently than New York City's operatic Mayor Fiorello H. La-Guardia. Last week he began practicing what he had preached, sponsored a highly promising opera company of the City's own. He had been itching to do so ever since two years ago, when the City inherited a massive masterpiece of Turkish-bath rococo, formerly known as Mecca Temple, which had succumbed through tax delinquency.

Mayor LaGuardia renamed it the City Center of Music and Drama. City Center opera was popularly priced at a $2.20 top....