Music: Debuts

First week is debut week at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Five new singers made their bows last week and one old-timer returned as the company swung into its well-weathered repertoire.

Of the newcomers odds were on Tenor Nino Martini to make the biggest success. He was the Duke singing with Lily Pons in Rigoletto. The other debutants were capable but they had smaller parts: Lillian Clark, a comely San Francisco soprano, was an offstage priestess in Aïda. Irra Petina, a Russian emigre who trained at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute, was one of eight noisy amazons...

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