Music: Star Crushed

A plump, liquid-eyed tenor is Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, who earns fat contracts by hurling lusty high C's at the boxes in William Tell, caroling lushly in operatic staples like La Traviata and Rigoletto. He has been paid well by the Metropolitan Opera. But he says that the U. S. is culturally immature, that he will stay in Europe next year when his contract expires. There he is more appreciated. In Paris, for instance, it is a gala occasion when he sings as guest star; the Opera pushes up its prices a bit (usually...

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