Music: Dismal Doings

When Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera Company picked for production its 16th piece by a U. S. composer, no one was more surprised than John Laurence Seymour, an obscure California schoolteacher who, with little hope, had submitted In the Pasha's Garden. According to one story the Seymour opera was considered at the request of Baritone Lawrence Tibbett, a fellow-Californian. According to another rumor, the Metropolitan judges drew lots when they found they had no new U. S. work which really pleased them. More likely, In the Pasha's Garden was chosen because it has only...

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