Music: Blowup at City Center

Laszlo Halasz felt pretty chipper about his New York City Opera Company. His fall season had just wound up in the black after seven weeks in Manhattan and four weeks on the road. Back from Chicago last week, Director Halasz asked to see his board chairman, Manhattan Lawyer Newbold Morris, about plans for the coming spring season. Chairman Morris and the board wanted to see Halasz too, but about a different matter: they gave him his choice of resigning or being fired.

There was no criticism of Halasz' musical achievements over the past eight...

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