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This week, on Saturday afternoon, Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera will loop heavenward its new $13,000 gold curtain, revealing an inner curtain painted like a picture book. On the book is a likeness of Soprano Lily Pons, in red-white-&-blue uniform and cocked hat, surrounded by Alps and military symbols.

So for the first time in 22 years, the Met revives The Daughter of the Regiment, whose bubbling tunes were written by Gaetano Donizetti a century ago. It revives it specifically as an ear-tickling, eye-tickling vehicle for Coloratura Pons, who is vocally and...

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