Music: Opera for Millions

Television opera is an expensive business; it costs some $25,000 to mount ann hour's worth and sponsors witht that kind of money seldom choose to spend it on opera. But NBC comforts itself with the thought that the next best thing to profits is prestige. Since 1949, NBC-TV has boosted its prestige with more than a dozen operas, mostly without benefit of sponsors. Last week No. 16 on the list went before the cameras: Czech Composer Bohuslav Martinu's The Marriage. Like Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors (TIME, Dec. 31, 1951), martinu's opera is short (55 minutes),...

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