Music: Singing Is Believing

"I'll believe it when I see it," one insider cynically commented on prospects of peace between New York's Metropolitan Opera and the musicians' unions. "Not until they actually get through a whole performance. Even then, there'll be room for doubt."

After weeks of on-again, off-again bargaining, ungentlemanly rancor and disingenuous wrangling, such skepticism was understandable. Yet last week it seemed that the angry artists (orchestra, chorus, dancers and soloists) and the Met management had at last agreed to agree on a compromise. Whether they acted out of real reconciliation or sheer fatigue remained...

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