Music: Hero of La Scala

Eugene Conley is a cocksure singer from Lynn, Mass, who has made a reputation at the Metropolitan Opera as a fine romantic tenor, if not a great one. But in tenor-impoverished Italy (most of the good ones have come to the U.S.), Conley is a hero. Ever since he bounced a ringing D flat above high C off the ceiling of Milan's La Scala in I Puritani three seasons ago, the Italians have hardly been able to get enough of him.

Last week Tenor Conley, 43, reached a peak in his career; he became the first American-born-and-trained singer ever to star at...

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