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During the mid-1940's, when I was a teenager growing up in Roanoke, Virginia, I somehow or other chanced upon opera. During the afternoon radio broadcast period usually devoted to such enthralling boys' adventure serials as "Jack Armstrong," "Captain Midnight," and "The Green Hornet," a local station transmitted a condensed Aida over several days; this captured my imagination and interest. Then I found the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and would listen to them whenever I had the chance. I very dearly remember from this period a complete Aida, a Walkuere, and especially Peter Grimes, this last because, I think, of the haunting choral cries, and the tenor's repetitions, of the title character's name in his mad scene- it seemed pretty spooky to me.

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