Music: Coronation Comedown

Except for notoriously bad equipment, nothing had threatened the prospects of Covent Garden's Coronation operas (TIME, May 3). Director Sir Thomas Beecham had engaged such guest conductors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, John Barbirolli, Francesco Salfi, Artur Rodzinski, Fritz Reiner. Eugene Goossens of the Cincinnati Symphony had been hired to conduct the world premiere of Don Juan de Manara, a bloodthirsty opera differing widely from Mozart's Don Giovanni, which he had composed for the late Arnold Bennett's libretto. He had succeeded in combining with his own company the Paris Grand Opera and Opéra-Comique. Colonel de...

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