Opera: Off & Running

Searchlights raked the skies. Limousines nosed up to the blue-and-white canopy of Indianapolis' Clowes (pronounced Clues) Memorial Hall, unloading passengers into the glare of flood lights and popping flashbulbs. Remarked one ticket holder: "In all honesty, I'd probably not walk across the street to hear an opera, but this — this is some thing special." Special it was, not only for Indianapolis but for the U.S.: the world premiere of the Metropolitan Opera National Company. It came as the parent Met was ringing up the curtain on its New York season —...

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