Music: Auditions

Radio amateur hours make a gong-walloping hurrah about discovering unknown genius. But the records show that they very seldom turn up an artist who can get to first base. In the four years of its existence, the most famed of U. S. amateur hours, that of pudgy, beak-nosed Major Bowes, has not yet unearthed a singer of first-rate concert or opera calibre.

No amateur hour is the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air. Its hurdles are high and its winners are likely to be young singers of more than average ability. Last week Metropolitan...

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