Music: Soprano Doubleheader

Opera stars who can—or will—sing two major roles in one day are about as rare as pitchers who are up to hurling both games of a doubleheader.* The Metropolitan Opera's Eleanor Steber did it once by accident. In 1945, she sang Eva in a Meistersinger matinee, then stepped into the evening performance as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni when the scheduled Elvira took sick. Last week Soprano Steber, 35, became the first star in Met memory to sing a doubleheader by design.

She had been scheduled for months to make her debut as the doomed...

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