Music: A Coming Back for Birgit

After four years, a great Wagnerian soprano soars again

The dollar is down. The mails have grown erratic. Muhammad Ali can no longer whup all comers. But the news from the Metropolitan Opera is that the voice of Sweden's Birgit Nilsson, 61, is remarkably intact. Some things in this world can still be counted on.

Nilsson, the world's reigning Wagnerian soprano, had not been heard in the U.S. since 1975. At that time the Internal Revenue Service presented her with a bouquet of claims for back taxes totaling a reported $500,000. While contesting the claims,...

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