Music: New Boss at the Met

As palace revolutions go, it was smoothly managed and seemingly benign. Last week, at an unlikely point in midseason, the Metropolitan Opera named a new operating chief and assigned him to lead the company out of a deepening financial crisis. He is Anthony A. Bliss, 61, a Wall Street lawyer, member of the Met board for 25 years and president from 1956 to 1967. In the new post of executive director, he becomes the immediate boss of General Manager Schuyler G. Chapin, 51.

The reason given was that the job of running the Met has become too complex for any one man....

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