Music: Tale of Three Cities

In the three leading operatic cities of the U.S. an object lesson in opera financing was offered last week:

In Manhattan the Metropolitan Opera Co., while enjoying a boom season, passed the hat for $300,000 "to keep the institution going." Reasons: the Met's profitable out-of-town tours had been curtailed by the war; there was a $145,000 tax bill on the Opera House. The Met's taxes, though rescinded by a recent act of the New York Legislature (TIME, May 10) may not actually be erased until October 1944.

In Chicago the managers of the late Sam Insull's Chicago Opera House tried to sell 50,000...

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