Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, 1955
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excerpt: "There has been a lot of talk this week in Rome about Serenade (Cain, not LB) and Lollobrigida seems practically set to do it...It seems a shame to keep basing a conception of Tahiti on the one funny aria. It's NOT a funny opera!...I thought Bruno understood a long time ago that my fee was $2000, except for special events like Tanglewood."
From: Correspondence Series