Radio: A Night at the Opera

Last week some two million people in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York saw ABC's telecast of the Metropolitan Opera's opening performance (see Music). Next day, with the critics' verdicts in, it was hard to believe that everyone had been looking at the same opera (Verdi's Otello). The New York Times and Sun found it "exciting" and "superb." The Philadelphia Inquirer was dazzled by "the overwhelming power and grandeur of the music and the miracle of proud and panoplied art being brought in full glory into one's own home."

Variety bluntly headlined that MET...

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