Music: Second Serving

The Metropolitan Opera, with the notable help of its new conductor Fritz Reiner, had made a good many of its critics eat their words with a great performance of Salome (TIME, Feb. 14). Last week, the Met and its Maestro Reiner served them another mouthful—and let a nationwide radio audience in on it, too.

This time, pudgy Conductor Reiner had no sensational Salome to work with. For his second opera, the Met hauled out of storage a number that takes elbow grease and even more finesse: Verdi's last, perhaps greatest but hardly popular opera,...

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