Music: Metropolitan Finances

After a sensational tour that had taken it to Chicago and Cleveland, Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera last week finished off its scheduled season, decided to keep playing its home town for at least another week. Riding a wartime spending wave that had lifted practically all U.S. show business, the Metropolitan (with subscription prices reduced to a $5 top) had packed in customers at a rate seldom exceeded even in the brave days of Enrico Caruso.

With great singers scarcer than ever because of the war, the Met had concentrated on great maestros. They gave its teamwork a polish seldom noticed in recent years....

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