Music: $120,000 Voice

Nobody has ever played the game of U.S. concert management with a shrewder gambler's eye than pudgy, Russian-born Sol Hurok of Manhattan. Last week Hurok gambled $120,000 on one of the longest and prettiest shots of his career. She was a pert, dark-haired, 18-year-old coloratura soprano named Patrice Munsel. For his $120,000, Hurok got the rights to Patrice's concert and radio appearances for three years. On an operatic filly who has not yet run her maiden race, that was tall betting.

Patrice Munsel has a contract to sing this winter with Manhattan's Metropolitan...

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