Opera: Peep Show

The State Department, huffed Rudolf Bing, apparently does not think that the Metropolitan Opera "is important enough to be sent abroad." The Met, he said, cannot afford the trip, and "the State Department has given us nothing. We have to beg, and we are tired of begging." So he took matters into his own hands. Last week, with a gift of $140,000 from private donors, Bing packed up 50 tons of scenery and costumes, bundled 163 members of his company onto two chartered jets, and took the Met to Europe for the...

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