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Rudolf Bing
(1902-1997) born on
Jan 09
Austrian-British manager. He was general manager of the New York Met (Metropolitan), 1950-1972; noted for controversial dealings with prima donnas.
I am perfectly happy to believe that nobody likes us but the public.

I prefer to remember the happy things over 10 years, the things that went well. Let me see, what did go well?
There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera manager. The first comes when the curtain goes up . . . The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster . . .
We are similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames.
The opera always loses money. That's as it should be. Opera has no business making money.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Replying to newspaper criticism of Metropolitan Opera, "Texaco Theater of the Air," 17 Apr 1965.
R: After a decade as manager of Metropolitan Opera; in NY "Herald Tribune," 9 Oct 1960.
A: in "New Yorker," 17 Sep 1966.
N: In "Time," 8 Oct 1965.
K: In NY "Times," 15 Nov 1959.

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