Music: Box-Office Voice

New York's Lewisohn Stadium, built in 1915, is inaccessibly situated on Manhattan's upper West Side, its concrete steps are uncomfortable, and the acoustics are generally poor and sometimes challenged by a passing plane. It is a rare summer's night when more than 8,000 New Yorkers feel like making their way there, but for some artists, the crowds fill Lewisohn to its brim. Last week Australian Soprano Joan Sutherland made her stadium debut—and, despite the fact that the concert had to be postponed one night, she sang to the season's record house.

Some 20,000 people turned out to hear her, as...

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