Music: Spreading the News

Just 20 years ago, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, deciding that it needed a news sheet for its 1,200 members, appointed a brisk little lady named Mrs. John DeWitt Peltz to put it together. The weekly Opera News got under way with no cooperation from the Met, which, even more than it does today, liked to keep its future plans a secret, but the paper chatted about new productions for each week of the Met's then 14-week season, and it survived. Then, through the Saturday afternoon broadcasts, the Guild went on a national basis, soon...