Music: A Glorious, Bubbly Finale

Beverly Sills ends her opera career with a jubilee

In a blizzard of flower petals, balloons, confetti and bravoes, she dipped her final curtsy with all the grace and enfolding gaiety that have made her the country's favorite diva. It was her last hurrah as an opera singer. For more than a quarter of a century audiences have been captivated by her supple, crystalline soprano voice, the musicality of her every acting gesture and her warm, spontaneous personality, which soared—but never stomped—across the footlights. There was no phony mystique, no overlay of artistic "temperament"...

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