Music: Leonora in a Pinch

The revival of the week was the old story about the diva who was ill and the understudy who stepped in at the last minute and scored a hit. It happened at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House: the diva was bosomy Yugoslav Soprano Zinka Milanov; the understudy, a wispy, 22-year-old New Yorker named Regina Resnik.

Although she had done a good deal of miscellaneous operatic trouping, Soprano Resnik had never sung the taxing lead role of Leonora in Trovatore. Twenty-four hours before curtain time, Manager Edward Johnson offered her the chance. She spent the...

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