Music: Debs

Hit of last year's opera season in Chicago was a stocky Livornese tenor named Galliano Masini. When he raised the roof in Tosca and La Gioconda (TIME, Dec. 20, 1937). General Manager Edward Johnson of the Metropolitan Opera House heard about it, signed him up. Last week Tenor Masini's Manhattan debut packed the Metropolitan with an expectant throng. Singing his favorite part, Edgardo in Lucia, Masini failed to make quite as high a mark as he had in Chicago. Critics found him no Caruso but a younger, fresher, less-seasoned Giovanni Martinelli.

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