Music: Goossens-Bennett Opera

Last summer Judith, a one-act opera in English based on the apocryphal legend of Judith and Holofernes,* the music by Eugene Goossens, the text by Novelist Enoch Arnold Bennett, had its world première at London's Covent Garden (TIME, July 8). Last week Judith was given its first U. S. performance by the enterprising Philadelphia Grand Opera Company. Soprano Bianca Saroya was satisfactorily bloodthirsty as Judith. Russian Basso Ivan Steschenko sang sonorously as Holofernes but failed to make intelligible the pompous passages done by Novelist Bennett in the Biblical idiom. British Composer...

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