Twenty-Four. One Nightmare after Another
There were a number of difficulties that emerged in the early years of Schuman's tenure as president of Lincoln Center. One of the most difficult was negotiating with the management of City Center to bring the New York City Opera and the New York City Ballet to Lincoln Center. City and state politicians got involved in the negotiations, and the staff of the Metropolitan Opera was not overly supportive of these new constituents. In attempting to solve some of the challenges Schuman saw at Lincoln Center, he ended up riling his opponents, who tried to get Schuman fired. He survived in the post and saw the battles as positive in the long run. During this period, challenges at home emerged, with the women in his family suffering from physical and psychological setbacks. Despite the challenges, Schuman managed to complete an original work for Martha Graham, The Witch of Endor.
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