Music: And Mozart

Flowers were in the arms of Lucrezia Bori and everywhere on the front of the stage. Applause was thundering. Miss Bori was bowing. The audience was standing up. Miss Bori tossed one of her bouquets to a woman standing in the second row of the orchestra. The woman caught it gracefully. She, too, bowed. The applause was getting louder and louder. Much of it was meant for the woman in the second row. Her name, as everyone knew, was Geraldine Farrar, 46, onetime darling of the diamond horseshoe.

Thus, the noisiest, longest and perhaps the most sincere demonstration of the Metropolitan Opera...