Music: New Leonora

Three years ago a young Italian girl went up unannounced to the Manhattan apartment of Tenor Giovanni Martinelli, rang the bell and asked for a ticket for that night's performance of La Juive. Signora Martinelli was sympathetic, asked the girl why she thought she should have one. She got the very positive answer that it was because the girl intended to sing the role herself some day. Signora Martinelli asked her to come in and sing, was so impressed that she immediately proceeded to round up backers for the girl's study abroad.

In Chicago one morning last week, Serafina di...

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