Music: Paid Hands

Wartime prosperity reared its bejewelled head in Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House last week. The new season opened with less than its usual quota of mink and diamonds, with slightly less than its usual quota of artistic quality, but with a record quota of enthusiasm. The newly prosperous, aided and abetted by soldiers and sailors on leave, not only jampacked the plush and gilt auditorium but indulged in ecstasies of applause. In fact, during the second night's Don Giovanni, indiscriminate applause became such a problem that Conductor George Szell had to shush his audience...

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