Music: Ballet Business

When paunchy, bearded Giulio Gatti-Casazza was General Manager of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, the Metropolitan's corps de ballet was run by his wife Rosina Galli. Balletmistress Galli, a girl with old-fashioned ideas, filled the proscenium with rose-garlanded damsels whose inexpertness became proverbial. Critics in those days were agreed that the Metropolitan had many shortcomings, but that the shortest of all was Balletmistress Galli's ballet.

Three years ago pompous Manager Gatti-Casazza resigned, retired to Italy with his wife. As General Manager he was succeeded by Edward Johnson, a trim, smiling man of progressive ideas...

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