Music: Blind, Burning & Bland

The No. 1 topic in the opera world last week was the Callas fracas (see above), but there was other news, notably a new work by Gian Carlo Menotti and a new edition of two grand old operatic favorites.

New Menotti. Figuring that there are more paying customers for a Broadway show than for an opera, Producer David Merrick billed Menotti's Maria Golovin as a "musical drama," insisted that it be reviewed by drama critics, even tried to bar music critics from the theater. Producer Merrick (nicknamed "The Abominable Showman" by Broadway...

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