Music: Metropolitan Announcer

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When Geraldine Farrar announced to the world that, at 40, she would retire from opera, none but close friends took her seriously. She was still in her heyday—gay, darkly handsome, alive with magnetism. While Caruso was the great voice at the Metropolitan, she was filling the old house with glamour and excitement. Her 40th birthday came on Feb. 28, 1922. Less than two months later she gave her farewell performance. That memorable afternoon streamers were hurled from the balconies, flowers and confetti were...

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