Music: The Met at 75

I should advise the directors of the Metropolitan, said Tenor Italo Campanini, "to tear out the inside of their building and rebuild . . .

The house is unfit for music." That was just after the Met concluded its first Manhattan season, and Tenor Campanini's observation has been echoed by many a singer since. The Met has nevertheless attracted more first-rate stars than any other of the world's great opera houses. This week the house celebrates its 75th anniversary with a nostalgic birthday review (lantern slides and ancient recordings assembled by the Metropolitan...

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