Music: Stars v. Staging

During the winter opera season, Manhattan's Metropolitan, like most large opera houses, presents six or seven operas a week. Such a pace would probably be impossible to keep up in any other branch of the present-day theatre. But a well-trained operatic cast can put an opera through its tricks with very little rehearsal, often manages to do so with none at all. Schooled in a standard series of movements and gestures for each role, a good average opera singer can be fitted into a production at a moment's notice, like a spare part in a...

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