Music: Souvenir Opera

Gian-Carlo Menotti's latest opera, The Hero, opens in a modern bedroom that has been decorated as a tourist attraction. To the right sits a fourposter. It is roped off and its curtains are drawn. In the rear is a stand displaying souvenir dishes and postcards. Also on sale are toy replicas of a man in bed. Two tourists, a husband and wife, enter the room. The proprietress announces that the admission is $2 each. Replies the man: "Two dollars! Shit!" Leave it to the man who brought opera to both Broadway (The Consul) and...

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