Music: Tap Dancing to the Met

With little of the drum-beating that preceded the debuts this season of Anna Moffo, Eileen Farrell and Leontyhe Price, the Metropolitan Opera last week introduced Manhattan audiences to yet another fine American soprano—Hartford-born Gianna D'Angelo. Soprano D'Angelo, 31, made her debut portraying one of the silliest of all operatic heroines, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto. But she triumphed over the role with such apparent ease that by evening's end she was firmly fixed as one of the Met's most promising sopranos.

Along with a clear, flexible lyric voice, Soprano D'Angelo displayed impeccable pitch, remarkably even control, and all the agility necessary for...

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