Viewpoint: Basic French
Impresario Hammerstein, left, on the stage of his Manhattan Opera House with conductors Cleofonte Campanini and Arnaldo Conti, on bottom step
Theatre Collection Museum of the City of New York
Given their present place on opera's endangered-species list, it's hard to believe that just a century ago French operas — modern French operas, at that — were the principal ammunition in impresario O...
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