The Story of the Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1950: A Candid History

The Story of the Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1950: A Candid History

The Story of the Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1950: A Candid History

The Story of the Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1950: A Candid History

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All I have to say on the subject of the Metropolitan Opera is included in the pages that follow. I have learned so much about the subject from so many different people that those whom I feel inclined to thank would range from many of the artists who have recently appeared on its stage to a formidable roster of persons who have come and gone in New York's musical life, as well as numerous others still a part of it. Obviously that would be impossible.

I do feel inclined, however, to give specific thanks to several people whose assistance has made the volume and its contents something different from what they would be otherwise. Frederick R. Kepple, while comptroller, gave me much valuable financial data, supplemented recently by Henry Fischer. Mrs. John De Witt Peltz, of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, gave unstinted assistance in the compiling of pictures by making the Guild's files available to me, as did Margaret Carson those of the Metropolitan itself.

To the late Keats Speed, Executive Editor of The Sun, I am especially indebted not only for the place of vantage with which that paper provided me for nearly twenty years, but also for allowing me custody of The Sun's music files when it ceased publication. The long vista of Metropolitan history reported by the late W. J. Henderson (beginning in 1885 for The New York Times and extending until 1936 for The Sun) provided a fund of source material that must surely add to the reader's visualization of long-gone artists and works, as it did to mine.

My final word must be for the critical judgment and unvaryu=00ad . . .

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