Music: A Fantasy Becomes Real

Even as a successful music executive, Schuyler G. Chapin would sometimes have a fantasy about a genie rising from a bottle and asking him what he wanted most in life. Chapin would reply, "I'd like to be general manager of the Metropolitan Opera." Last week in New York, the genie delivered. After a full season as acting general manager (TIME, March 5), Chapin, 50, was given a three-year contract for the real thing—the most powerful job in opera.

It was a popular decision, if long in coming. Chapin had amply shown that he could run a smooth operation, and that it was...

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