Music: Made in the U.S.A.

The U.S. produces plenty of good voices, but it frequently falls short when it comes to exercising them: the likes of Leontyne Price and Anna Moffo had to go to European houses to learn how to sing with professional skill. A major exception to that failing is Soprano Phyllis Curtin, who made an immensely successful Metropolitan Opera debut this season in Cosi fan Tutte. Soprano Curtin was also a smash in Europe before she came to the Met, but her European success merely topped off a career patiently built in America. Last week, as she followed a superbly rousing performance of...

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