Music: Singer to Watch

A Manhattan audience last week cheered a young soprano with a red-flaming mane of hair, a statuesque build and a voice of beauty. She was singing concert excerpts from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, with the Symphony of the Air (conducted by Leonard Bernstein) in Carnegie Hall. Her part, the ingenue Sophie, is filled with some of the most ecstatic vocalization ever set on paper, and she followed it with a voice that had the rich but fine-drawn quality of a crystal goblet.

The soprano was Beverly Sills, 25. Some of her friends, who call her...

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