Music: Piccolo Collos

When the small, dark-haired woman walked into Milan's La Piccola Scala, a stagehand took one look at her flushed, distracted face and called for the doctor. Her maid, hovering worriedly in the background, suggested a psychiatrist. Her husband was blunt: "Now I know what it's like to live with a madwoman." But three hours later, Soprano Graziella Sciutti, 29, was out before the curtain receiving one of the biggest ovations of her career. The part she had played to perfection: the title role in a rarely performed opera by Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816), Nina, ossia...

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