Music: Butterfly from Barcelona

Word of a sensational new Spanish singer first began to drift across the Atlantic early last year; a 25-year-old raven-haired, camelia-skinned lyric soprano named Victoria de los Angeles, singing in opera and recital, had taken London and Paris by storm. Sharp-eared U.S. Impresario Sol Hurok investigated and joined the cheering section. Metropolitan Opera General Manager Rudolf Bing, who sailed for Europe last spring rather certain that his roster of leading sopranos was complete, changed his mind when he heard her. By last week, Soprano de los Angeles' first U.S. concert performance was just about (as Hurok's billing put it) the most...

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