Music: Homecoming at La Scala

Homecoming at La Scala From a box near the stage, one admirer threw a red rose. From the rest of the house welled warm, welcoming applause. After eleven triumphant years in the New World, Licia Albanese, 37, one of the Metropolitan Opera's top sopranos, had returned to Milan's La Scala.

Soprano Albanese was "all emotional." Backstage, she had the same hairdresser, the same wardrobe mistress, and the same prompter she had for her La Scala debut (in Gianni Schicchi) in 1936. But Albanese had apparently forgotten that Italians like their opera loud. Never noted...

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