Radio: Grass-Roots Grand Opera

U.S. radio, with all its cultural failures, can boast of one proud accomplishment: it has greatly widened the audience for good music. Television may be doing the same thing for opera. The tried & true arias have long been popular favorites on such TV variety programs as Your Show of Shows and Toast of the Town. The NBC network pioneered in producing such TV-sized operas as Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Martinu's The Marriage. In Manhattan, independent station WPIX has been telecasting Opera Cameos for the past three years, complete with a sponsor (Progresso Brand Quality Foods) and...

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