Music: He Gives Them Chills

Off & away on tour last week (its 37th), the Metropolitan Opera ran into a wartime transportation problem: its 17 freight cars, full of scenery and costumes, were classified and shipped as personal baggage of the 350 company members. But the tour promised to be worth whatever trouble it cost. In Baltimore and in Boston, clamoring queues were turned away from the box offices. In the six cities yet to be visited, advance sales soared.

On tour, as well as in the Met's big, money-making Manhattan season, the traditional enthusiasm for Verdi and...

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