Music: For Distress Cases

Every young operatic understudy dreams of divas being suddenly stricken just before the curtain goes up. To the Metropolitan's blonde, bosomy Regina Resnik, 24, the dream has become a monotonous reality.

Three years ago, in Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, Soprano Resnik was dropped at the eleventh hour into the formidable role of Leonore in II Trovatore, which she had never even seen staged. She brought down the house. Last February, the Metropolitan gave her three hours' warning that she was to sing Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly on the radio. She had never sung the role before and she had had no...

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