Music: The Girl from Wheeling

Vienna had heard of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera, but it did not expect that a voice which had pleased the Met would necessarily be good enough to please Vienna. The Viennese suspended judgment when they heard that an American soprano named Eleanor Steber, born in Wheeling, W. Va., was coming to town for a lead role in their June music festival. Soprano Steber, making the first continental tour of her career, suspended judgment, too. By last week she was the bit of Vienna.

Steber's test came in a concert-version revival of Richard Strauss's fairy-tale opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a...

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