Music: Mistress of Stage & Score

In her travels about Europe, figures Soprano Leontyne Price, she must have walked several dozen times through Milan's Piazza della Scala, past the ornate brown-brick theater with the triple-arched main entrance. She never went in. "I swore," says she, "that I would not enter even as a tourist until I sang there." Last week she entered, singing: at 33 she was making her La Scala debut in Aïda, and the demanding audience recognized almost at once that she would be a hit.

Handling her big, liquid soprano voice with faultless accuracy, Singer Price achieved...

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