Music: Maestro's Fidelio

Arturo Toscanini is unquestionably the world's greatest opera conductor. But until last week he had not conducted opera anywhere for eight years, in the U.S. for nearly 30. Since 1915, when he quit after a row with General Manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the maestro has not considered the Metropolitan up to his exacting standard.

A radio performance of Beethoven's masterpiece, Fidelia, finally broke the spell. The first installment was broadcast last Sunday on the regular Toscanini-conducted NBC Symphony program, with a second installment to follow this week. For his Fidelia the maestro drew...

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