Music: New Thais

In the worst U. S. opera ever produced at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House there appeared last winter a soprano so shapely, so vividly blonde that she seemed more like a transient from Hollywood than a potential singer of real grand opera. In the Pasha's Garden was such a flaccid, sterile piece, offered such feeble opportunities, that critics would only say that Helen Jepson was unusually pretty, her smallish voice agreeable (TIME. Feb. 4). Last week in Chicago Helen Jepson was put to a stiffer test as the heroine of Thais, the role long associated...

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