Music: Opera Season

Last week as the No. 1 opera house of the U. S., Manhattan's Metropolitan, launched its 54th season, General Manager Edward Johnson and his associates found opera's financial and artistic graphs like those of the stockmarket. After a Depression, they appeared to be starting a slow, but not uniform long term rise. The statistics:

This season will be 16 weeks long, two weeks longer than the Metropolitan's record low of 14, reached in 1933-36. Prior to 1932 the Metropolitan ran 24 weeks.

The repertory includes 47 operas, including 17 German, 17 Italian, nine...

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