A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 23, 1966

"AFTER only nine weeks of his ¶first season, Rudolf Bing looked like the best thing that had happened to the Met in many a day," wrote TIME in its first cover story on the opera's manager in 1951. He had at least convinced people, the story went on, "that the Met was not doomed to creak forever along ways established back in the gaslight era."

Last week an older but no less energetic Rudolf Bing led the Met into a new era and a new house at New York's Lincoln Center. Our second cover story on Bing not only brings his career...

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