Music: New Man for the Met

The Glyndebourne Opera's Rudolf Bing was relaxing in his Manhattan hotel room before returning to London. He had just finished a business errand for Britain's crack opera company; Glyndebourne's U.S. debut at Princeton, N.J. had been set for autumn 1950, and Bing was well satisfied. Then his phone rang. His faintly accented "Hello" was answered by the mellow tenor tone of the Metropolitan Opera's Edward Johnson. Could Mr. Bing attend a performance as his guest? Rudi Bing said he would be delighted. Last week, operalovers the world over learned that Rudi had seen...

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