Music: Debut in Florence

Aspiring opera singers in the U.S. are in a predicament similar to that of aspiring comedians; they have a hard time getting onto a musical borscht circuit where they can develop their vocal patter. A year ago, an opera-loving Cincinnati adman named John L. Magro decided to remedy the situation, organized American Operatic Auditions, Inc. Its purpose: to hunt down fresh operatic talent for a summer of seasoning in Italy. Winners would get round-trip fare to Italy and a living allowance, free coaching in Milan and a crack at singing professionally on Italian...

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