Music: Safe at Home

Clarence W. Miles, 56, is a corporation lawyer and a proud Baltimorean. Last fall, almost singlehanded, he worked the deal that brought the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore as the Orioles, thus ending the city's 51-year exile from major-league baseball (TIME, Oct. 12). But now a new crisis agitated Good Citizen Miles. Having regained baseball, Baltimore stood to lose opera.

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been playing Baltimore on and off for the last 70 years, decided to hike its required guarantee for each performance from $16,000 to $20,000. Manager Frederick R.

Huber of the Lyric Theater, the Met's Baltimore home, came out...

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