Music: Sad Sounds from Lincoln Center

A labor wrangle threatens the mighty Met's season

Even if Puccini had written the score, it would be hard to imagine sadder sounds emanating from the Metropolitan Opera. First the Met postponed its season premiere, a performance of Turandot, because of contract disputes with its unions. Then last week, the Met's management officially canceled the 1980-81 season. Though the decision was not irrevocable, every day the impasse continued made it more likely that the U.S.'s greatest opera company would find a year erased from its history.

The dispute centers on the 93-member orchestra's demand...

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