Music: Debuts in Manhattan

In Manhattan, too, Composer Strauss was having his innings. Last winter, the up-&-coming New York City Opera Company successfully revived Strauss's 1912 opera Ariadne auf Naxos, never before heard in New York. Last week, for this fall's first performance of Ariadne, the City Opera unwrapped two shining new stars named Wilma Spence and Suzy Morris.

Director Laszlo Halasz had heard Lyric Soprano Spence in a Broadway production of Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow. When Polyna Stoska, who last winter sang the role of the "composer" in Ariadne, was snapped up by the Metropolitan, Halasz sent for Wilma. He had been watching...

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