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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.
         
   
F
I am perfectly happy to believe that nobody likes us but the public.

R
I prefer to remember the happy things over 10 years, the things that went well. Let me see, what did go well?
A
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 . . .
N
We are similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames.
K
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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