Music: Lyric Theatre

Though 16 efforts at native opera have had premieres at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, horse operas (movie Westerns) remain preeminently the American taste. U. S. composers keep at it, however, and last week a new U. S. opera, The Devil and Daniel Webster, was presented at Manhattan's Martin Beck Theatre. Librettist: Poet Stephen Vincent Benét. Composer: Douglas Moore. Producer: Robert Edmond Jones.

A kind of folksy Faustus, Mr. Benet's fable relates how a New Hampshire farmer, in return for ten years of prosperity, sold his soul to the devil. To his wedding in...

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