Music: English Orfeo

Manhattan music lovers were listening last week to another English girl who sings straight-out.

Two years ago, pretty Contralto Kathleen Ferrier had made a name for herself at Britain's Glyndebourne Opera Festival —and the name was Orfeo. Last week, after her first U.S. performance of Gluck's 187-year-old, seldom heard opera Orfeo ed Euridice, Manhattan operagoers understood why.

In Town Hall, Contralto Ferrier had no topnotch Glyndebourne production behind her, although she did have a familiar Euridice opposite her: U.S. Soprano Ann Ayars, who had sung the role with her in England and on records.#&134; But Conductor Thomas K. Scherman's Little Orchestra (38 players)...

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