Music: Bing's Plans

After sitting on his plans for weeks and enjoying all the rumors, Rudolf Bing this week announced his plans for the Met next season. Showman Bing's biggest news:

¶ Kirsten Flagstad will return next season in a role she has never sung before: the title role in Gluck's Alceste (first & last Met performances: 1941). She will sing in English.

¶ Mozart's comic opera, Cosi fan tutte (last Met performance: 1928), will be redone from scratch—also in English—with new sets by Rolf (Don Carlo, Fledermaus) Gerard. Stage director: Broadway star Alfred Lunt.

¶ During the 22-week...

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