Music: Exactly Right for Vienna

Four years ago, when famed, onetime Vienna and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Maria Jeritza tried a comeback in Carnegie Hall at 58, Manhattan critics listened, then gave the sympathetic but firm verdict: no. Two years later in Newark, N.J., when she hired a cast to support her in her famous role of Tosca, critics sadly pronounced the same sorrowful judgment. But last week in Vienna, 62-year-old Maria Jeritza, still blonde, blooming and beauteous, was getting yesses that could be heard halfway to the Wiener Wald.

Soprano Jeritza herself insisted that her first appearance at the Vienna Opera in 15 years was not a...

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