Music: Opera Can Be Fun

Gian-Carlo Menotti has a talent for making small things go over big. He has even been overpraised as a new Puccini. Last year, a pair of his chamber operas, The Telephone and The Medium, were a surprise Broadway hit (TIME, March 3, 1947). Last week, Menotti gave New York a look at two of his earlier operas, and proved again that a night at the opera can be almost as much fun as a circus.

Amelia Goes to the Ball, which was no crashing success when produced at the Metropolitan Opera ten years ago, is a rambunctious drawing-room farce about a woman...

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