Music: Tenor Hunt

In Wagner's Die Meistersinger a contest is held to determine which of the singing citizens of Nuremberg is most worthy of Eva, daughter of Pogner, rich goldsmith who heads the local guild of mastersingers. In Manhattan's Knabe Hall one afternoon last week 200 New Yorkers attended a similar contest sponsored by Tenor Lauritz Melchior and Berthold Neuer of Wm. Knabe & Co. to discover a native "heroic tenor.''* At first it looked like another publicity stunt. Knabe Co., purveyor of pianos to the Metropolitan Opera, offered a prize of a Baby Grand. Melchior,...

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