Music: Contralto on Broadway

When Marie Powers was five, an opera singer asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Said Marie: "I want to be fat, jolly and an opera singer like you." Today, fortyish, buxom Marie Powers is doing what was once considered impossible: making opera go over on Broadway.

She is the star in Gian-Carlo Menotti's eerie chamber opera, The Medium. When Menotti's modest opera was first tried out last season it got warm but not glowing reviews (TIME, May 20, 1946). On a gamble, its composer put it on Broadway in May...

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