Music: Cheaper Opera

You can get a $968 box at the opera for $822 next season. The box seats eight people and is good for ten performances. This announcement by the San Francisco Opera Company may not trumpet tidings of great joy to U.S. operagoers, but it shows the way the wind is blowing. Opera, most class-conscious and costly of the arts, is out to woo the musical masses, and, like a condescending dowager, is doing it rather badly. Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera will cut the price of next season's orchestra seats (for its subcribers) from $6.50 to $5. The lower-priced Chicago Opera whittled the...

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