Music: How Do You Do

A dozen of the Metropolitan's once-great singers went to Manhattan's Town Hall last week. Frances Alda, Giovanni Martinelli, Maria Jeritza, Karin Branzell and Elisabeth Rethberg sat in the audience. On stage was the oldest of them all, roly-poly, 69-year-old Giuseppe de Luca, onetime star of the Met's "Golden Age." It was his first Manhattan recital in 29 years. Said De Luca afterward: "Even before I began to sing they make a big ovation. They don't even know can I still sing. They are saying 'how do you do my dear friend.' "

He did fine.

Most of the oldtimers in the audience...

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