Opera: Big Find

Her whole broad frame shakes when she laughs, and she laughs a lot. She says that she would love to play Salome swathed in seven veils, and laughs as she explains why she won't. "Because of this!" she says, patting her midriff. No matter. Svelte or swelling, Spanish Soprano Montserrat Caballé is the operatic find of the year.

Last week Caballé was cast in a role more befitting her regally commanding figure: Queen Elizabeth in the American Opera Society's concert version of Roberto Devereux, a recently resurrected Donizetti opera that is absurdly complex in its amorous entanglements but brimming with...

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