ITALY: Lusty Luisa

Much of the affection that the world-public and especially the Florence-public has for Luisa Tetrazzini answers to her lusty joy in living. She is big, fat, 52 and always hearty. It was in Florence four decades ago, that the twelve-year-old Luisa had already astonished her elder sister Eva, a lauded singer,* by learning "by ear" the words and music of several operas. After her debut as Inez in L'Africaine at Florence (1895) her popularity carried her to $2,500 performances in the U. S., and to similar triumphs...

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