Music: Wrestling on Merry Mount

Manhattan operagoers who are wailing this season because Deems Taylor's Peter Ibbetson has an imported libretto and music derived almost completely from the great Europeans (and is, at best, a mediocre work) will have opportunity next year to pass judgment on an opera more properly called "native."

The new work will be the fourteenth produced by the Metropolitan in its search for a lasting U. S. opera. Unlike most operas, this one was instigated by the librettist. Richard Leroy Stokes felt the creative urge when he was still writing sharp musical criticisms for the...

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