Music: New Violetta

As a rule the success of opera stars does not depend so much on good looks or good acting as on good singing. But once in a great while an opera singer comes along who can get full marks on all three counts. When lovely-looking Czech Soprano Jarmila Novotna made her debut last month as the subdued, tuberculous Mimi of Puccini's lavender & lacy La Bohème, nobody had paid much attention. But last week, as Violetta in Traviata, Soprano Novotna had a real part to play. To the surprise of Manhattan's canniest operagoers, she...

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