Music: Soprano's Return

A smiling, plump-cheeked woman sat stiffly in a wheel chair before a CBS microphone last Sunday afternoon and sang to the lush strains of Andre Kostelanetz's orchestra. To thousands of listeners the ring of Marjorie Lawrence's voice was the most cheering news in many a day.

A year ago last spring, Soprano Lawrence was riding the crest. She had given U.S. operagoers six lessons of sturdy, full-throated Wagnerian song. At a time when the mighty Kirsten Flagstad dominated the Metropolitan, Marjorie Lawrence's star was bright enough not to be eclipsed. Off stage, the Australian soprano doted on swimming, tennis, horseback riding; on...

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