Music: The Dutchman Cometh

"Bing brought it off beautifully," reported the society editor of the New York Daily News. She was referring to the social glitter of the Metropolitan Opera's opening night, but the judgment was just as applicable to the business onstage. With Don Carlo for an opener (TIME, Nov. 13), new General Manager Rudolf Bing had handsomely kept his promise to bring operatic productions up to date. Furthermore, he had made money doing it. An audience of 4,000 had packed the big house (paying a $36 top) to give him the biggest opening-night gross (after...

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