SEP articles which have been expanded into a book. It covers Italian opera history at the turn of the century, when the author headed La Scala, and follows 25 years of our own Metropolitan under his direction. Along with anecdotes of singers, he explains why opera is less distinguished than formerly, he encourages American composers and casts, and gives the hard facts of opera finance. He writes with assurance unhampered by modesty, and has-posthumously- turned out a frank and entertaining and informative story. Great sport for opera hatters and gallery gods.