Music: Plans & Other Plans

As general manager-elect of the Metropolitan Opera, smart, suave Rudolf Bing had been peering over the shoulders of retiring Manager Edward Johnson ever since the Met opened last November. This week he was all set to tell what he had seen, and what he was going to do about it. But before he could open his mouth, somebody else stole his headlines: famed Wagnerian Soprano Helen Traubel threatened to quit at the end of this season.

The reason, said her manager, was "the absence of any overtures from the Metropolitan Opera management" on her next season's contract. Said Rudi Bing: "The Metropolitan...

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