Education: Singing at Indiana

The stars of the Indiana University Opera Theater's presentation of Parsifal could hardly have been better—even if they did seem a little bit old and fat for college students. There in the role of Parsifal was Charles Kullman, a veteran tenor from the Met; as Kundry, there was Margaret Harshaw, who has been a leading Wagnerian soprano since the '40s. Both are now "artist-performer-teachers" at Indiana, and Indiana is far and away the nation's most ambitious music school.

Big, Bold & Excellent. Parsifal has been Indiana's chef-d'oeuvre every Lenten season since 1949, two years after Wilfred C. Bain, 56, became dean of...

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