Music: Substitution

In the lobbies of the Metropolitan Opera House one night last week, a sign announcing a cast-substitution went up. Met-goers took it in automatically, passed on to their seats. Few of them had ever heard of substitute Soprano Roberta Peters, and for good reason: she had never sung in public before.

Twenty years old and cute as a Powers model, blue-eyed Roberta Peters, daughter of a Bronx shoe salesman, had been hired last January after an audition. Impresario Sol Hurok had brought her to the Met after hearing her sing in her teacher's Manhattan...

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