Music: Cincinnati's Carmens

Proud of its culture is Cincinnati, "Queen City of the West." Part of its cultural tradition, for 20 summers, has been opera in a pavilion in the Cincinnati Zoo, where shrilling peacocks sometimes compete with the piccolos, roaring lions double in bass. Last Sunday night Bizet's Carmen opened another Zoo season. There are no great Carmens today. One of the most persistent, bouncing Italian Bruna Castagna, gave her usual interpretation of the gypsy who seduces Soldier Don José (Tenor Raoul Jobin, Metropolitan debutant of last season), then gives him what Broadway calls the brusheroo.

Cincinnati heard another Carmen that night—on...

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