Music: Seven Veils in Chicago

As the swish Metropolitan opened up (see above), Manhattan's common-man's opera ($3 top) shut down. Last week the New York City Opera Company went out on the road, and in Chicago got the kind of ermine-and-top-hat opening it never gets at home. It was the only opera Chicagoans would see all year. But if Chicago and the visiting opera company liked each other, they might form a partnership.

Smart Director Laszlo Halasz has little money to work with. On his last night in Manhattan's City Center, he put on Richard Strauss's Salome as a...

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