Music: Carmen on the Cuff

With the help of credit cards, New Yorkers can charge clothes, cosmetics, cash, even crash trips to the Caribbean. Now get ready for Cavalleria Rusticana and Carmen. Last week the staid Metropolitan Opera announced that it would accept BankAmericard, Diners' Club, Master Charge, Uni-Card and Carte Blanche at the box office. The reason: sagging sales (already down by 7% this season) and the high cost of seating at $35 a pair top.

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