Music: Great Performance

In spite of reports to the contrary, there was still young life in Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera.

The Met had long wanted to bring Richard Strauss's Salome back to its boards. But since its last performance five years ago, with George Szell in the pit, and Soprano Lily D janel swirling Salome's seven veils, the Met had been unable to get the right conductor-singer team together to do it again, and do it well. And with New York's upstart City Opera Company getting bravos for its lively, scaled-down production (TIME, Dec. 13), the Met knew that if it revived Salome at all, it...

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