Music: A Bit Higher

When Rudolf Bing set out last spring to improve the "visual aspects" of the Metropolitan Opera, one of the first eyesores he operated on was the Met's stumbling opera ballet. Since dancing appears in some of the most popular operas in the standard repertory, e.g., Carmen, Tannhäuser, Traviata, La Gioconda, Bing aimed to get the Met variety considerably higher on its toes. He handed the responsibility to Lucia Chase's Ballet Theatre; Lucia, in turn, delegated the job to her principal choreographer, greying, London-born Antony (Pillar of Fire) Tudor.

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