Music: New Mezzo

Sure as the winter solstice, every music season brings to U.S. concert halls a U.S.-born singer who has already made it big in Europe. This season's entry is Mezzo-Soprano Grace Bumbry, 25, who made her Manhattan concert debut last week in Carnegie Hall. Her performance of Duparc songs, Italian songs, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt and Strauss lieder and Negro spirituals was eloquent exposition of a native talent that has been too long coming home.

A large woman with an erect carriage, Mezzo Bumbry stood a trifle self-consciously with hands clasped and head thrown back. But when she nodded to her accompanist and opened...

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