Music: Ideal Interpreter

Many people went to look at her nakedness in Thaïs, to watch her lascivious dancing in Salome. But Mary Garden drew as many operagoers with the emotion in her voice as she did with the perfection of her body. Even her most rabid critics granted her genius for the way she captured the fragile, tenuous spirit of Debussy's Mélisande.

Mary Garden at 57 must still earn a living. Wisely aware that she is peculiarly fitted for the music of Debussy, she began a Debussy concert tour last week, sang...

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