A letter from the editor

November 25, 1999

To our readers:

On Nov. 15, The Sun published a review of the Baltimore Opera Company's performance of "La Traviata."

After the review appeared, a reader wrote the newspaper to point out striking similarities between a passage in the review and one about a recording of "La Traviata" from a commonly used musical reference book, "The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera," published in 1993.

The critic who wrote The Sun's review, when asked about the similarity, acknowledged having committed plagiarism. He was dismissed from the staff yesterday.

Readers of the newspaper have a right to expect original reporting and criticism. On behalf of The Sun, I apologize to the Baltimore Opera Company, the authors of "The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera" and our readers.

John S. Carroll, editor

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