Opera: The Power of Positive Vocalizing

La Scala, the fabled, 189-year-old queen of the world's opera companies, made its first appearance in North America last week at Expo 67. For per formers and audiences alike, the event turned out to be a compound of agonies and ecstasies.

Like the other opera troupes that have visited Montreal this year, La Scala had problems in trimming its sets and staging to fit the cramped dimensions of Montreal's Salle Wilfrid Pelletier. Unlike the others, it met the crisis with passionate disorganization: breaks between acts stretched out to 45 minutes, while bumps, crashes...

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