Opera: Resistance Movement

In Austria, where they lavish more money and concern on opera than on foreign affairs, the directorship of the venerable Vienna State Opera is a post of sacred national trust. Its incumbent inherits Vienna's 300-year operatic tradition, directing one of the longest and best-quality seasons in the world. In return, he may receive up to $30,000 a year, plus a liberal expense account, an apartment, a chauffeur-driven car and the run of Vienna's famed Sacher Hotel—free room, meals and entertaining. With the job vacant since the death four months ago of Director...

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