Music: Maybe Yes

Ever since Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera put up its surprise closing notice, ideas on how to save the Met, and how to improve it, had popped up with the frequency of horn cues in a Wagner opera.

In Los Angeles, Lauritz Melchior announced with a Heldentenor's roar that he would put on opera if the Met wouldn't. Said he: "It's a scandal, a disaster. The eyes of the world are turned to America and the greatest country in the world cannot even have an opera house! It looks as if we're only interested in jazz and crooning and all the semi-things."

Melchior, who makes...

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