Music: Opera for Husbands

"The Italians go to The Barber of Seville five nights a week to enjoy themselves, not to be cultured. Why shouldn't we?" To answer his own question, George Houston is busily directing a group of unfamed singers, called the American Music Theater, in a small building in a Los Angeles park.

George Houston is a onetime teacher in Rochester's Eastman School of Music who is currently starred as a horse-opera hero in Pathé's serial The Lone Rider. ("Those horses bounce the bejesus out of me—I hate 'em.") But Houston has learned things in Hollywood. He takes grand operas in hand, revamps...

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