Music: Our Culture Is at Stake

To opera-loving San Franciscans, it was the nearest thing to an earthquake since 1906. It was bad enough that the trustee of the War Memorial Opera House had refused to let Norwegian Soprano Kirsten Flagstad sing there next season (TIME, July 25). Last week the sponsoring Opera Association Board set off a temblor of its own: if Flagstad could not sing, for the first time in 27 years there would be no opera season.

Last year the opera had finished with a $119,000 deficit. "Without Flagstad," said an opera board member, "we might lose...

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