Music: Five Operas

Chances for professional opera singers in the U.S. may be slim (see above), but for students in springtime they blossom like daffodils. Last week three U.S. schools offered five modern operas, composed by faculty members and a graduate student and staged by the schools' opera workshops. All of them were in a conservative idiom, ranging in style from Gilbert & Sullivan to Menotti. The five:

The Birthday of the Infanta, by Ron Nelson, 29, graduate student at Rochester's Eastman School of Music, and composer of promotional-film sound tracks. Following Oscar Wilde's story, a dwarf falls in love with a Spanish princess and...

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