Music: Oh! to Be 30 at Last

Rapidly emerging as the most brilliant young conductor now before U.S. audiences is the Metropolitan Opera's Kalamazoo-born Thomas Schippers, 29. At the season's first Forza del Destino last week, Schippers showed what he could do with an orchestra that only the week before, at the opening of Fidelia (TIME, Feb. 8), had sounded ragged and disorganized. "Tommy" Schippers had never conducted Verdi's Forza before, but he led orchestra and singers (Soprano Leonie Rysanek, Tenor Richard Tucker, both in top form) with a muscular authority that injected grand drama into every twist and turn...

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