Music: Jet-Engine Effect

Walter Midgley, English tenor, has always recognized the hazards of stage mustaches: "They're a lot of trouble. They come off and make you look silly. I usually wear a painted one." But for publicity photos one day last week, he tried on a two-pronged affair on a nylon gauze mounting. It fitted so well ("You didn't know it was there") that he decided to wear it in Rigoletto at Covent Garden that night.

Midgley launched into the Duke of Mantua's first big aria. "I felt fine. Every word was a joy." "La costanza tiranna del core detestiamo qual morbo crudele,"* he sang—and...