Music: Besting Bellini

The countdown is on. Thirteen months from now Soprano Beverly Sills will at long last make her debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. It will be an event both long awaited and long overdue. Sills will be 45 when she steps onto the Met stage in Rossini's The Siege of Corinth, and the question is whether, at an age when many divas fade, she will still possess the fabulous voice and technique. The uncertainty exists because she does have occasional off nights, and may be performing too much for her own good. But she...

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