Music: The Devil at La Scala

A few U.S. opera stars get invited to sing at Milan's La Scala, but last week Risë Stevens became the first ever to create a new role in the proud old house.

The production was La Figlia del Diavolo (The Devil's Daughter), an unfamiliar approach to the old story of Salome, in which Composer Virgilio Mortari, 51, lightens Salome's character considerably while blackening still more that of her evil mother Herodias. In the Mortari approach, Herodias is literally the devil incarnate, and the part demands a mezzo-soprano who can sing, act and dance for...

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