Music: Raggedy Ann in Aïda

"There is no opera in America worth speaking of outside New York City," said the Metropolitan Opera's Rudolf Bing not long ago. When the statement touched off explosions of operatic temper from one end of the country to the other (TIME, Oct. 13), Bing exempted San Francisco and Chicago from his blacklist. But last week the Chicago Lyric Opera concluded a ragged season by staging a production of Aïda that made Bing's apologies to Chicago seem entirely unnecessary.

In the past the Lyric has put on many a fine, star-heavy performance, and last week's cast was again impressive: Viennese Soprano Leonie Rysanek...

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