People: Golden Moments

In Birmingham, technicians asked the visiting Metropolitan Opera troupe to have their pictures taken to help launch a new mobile X-ray unit. Soprano Lily Pons agreed, and tossed out a challenge: "You will see the most wonderful lungs you have ever seen . . . I can hold my breath longer than anyone else at the Metropolitan. What's more I can sing [a continuous perfect high note] for 13 seconds without taking in more air." Tenor Jan Peerce countered with his boast: "I can hold my breath one minute and 13 seconds with my mouth full of pebbles." Basso Norman Scott...

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