D'Alvarez vs. Hammerstein

Mme. Marguerite D'Alvarez, who has begun an American concert tour with a brilliant New York recital, tells a colorful story of her first encounter with Oscar Hammerstein, with whose dazzling operatic successes she was so prominently identified.

"I was a girl just beginning a singing career," she says. "In Paris I heard that Mr. Hammerstein was in the city engaging artists for his New York opera house. I went to his hotel to see him and try to gain an audition. He was sitting in the lobby,...

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