Music: A Night at the Opera

One wintry January afternoon in 1916, the Metropolitan Opera's Enrico Caruso, Frances Alda, Antonio Scotti and Andres de Segurola bundled into a train for one of their weekly performances in Philadelphia. For the top performers in the Met's golden age it was a routine trip, but one they always made the most of. This time, the party sipped champagne.

When the curtain went up on LaBohème that night in Philadelphia's Academy of Music, Tenor Caruso & Co. found that wintry weather had cut their audience to fewer than 200. So they decided to do...

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