Music: Tall Diva

As a schoolgirl in Parma, Renata Tebaldi used to imagine her dream man: he would have the voice of a Beniamino Gigli and the build of a Clark Gable. As she grew older, she developed a superb soprano voice and a tall (5 ft. 10 in.), statuesque build. Last week world-famous Soprano Tebaldi made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera opposite Tenor Mario Del Monaco (5 ft. 8½ in.), who—though highly gifted—is neither a Gigli in voice nor a Gable in height. Soprano Tebaldi (as Desdemona) seemed to tower over Tenor Del Monaco (as...

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