Music: The Mero-lrion

The only woman opera impresario in the world last week launched the freshest, most bumptious U.S. opera troupe on its second Manhattan season. The impresario is Hungarian-born Yolanda Mero-lrion of the youthful New Opera Company. For openers, Impresario Irion chose The Opera Cloak, Walter Damrosch's latest one-acter, and The Fair at Sorochinsk, a rollicking opus by Russia's rum-nosed Immortal, Modeste Moussorgsky. Eighty-year-old Composer Damrosch conducted his curtain raiser without drowning out the audience's spirited conversation. But for The Fair at Sorochinsk, they sat up, shut up and pounded their palms with joy.

Manhattan critics agreed that the New Opera Company had done...

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