Music: Triple-Threat Man

The Metropolitan Opera usually picks a conductor to work at his specialty, thus assigns him to one particular "wing" of the Met repertory, i.e., the French, German or Italian. Jonel Perlea, the goateed Rumanian conductor whom the Met hired this season, had no specialty, and the Met decided he needed none. When he arrived in Manhattan in October, he was told that he would have to work in all three wings. His first assignments: Tristan und Isolde,

Rigoletto, Carmen. By last week, Conductor Perlea had proved that he was just the man who could...

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