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Music: Farewell to a Queen

By 8:30 a.m., eleven hours before the box office opened, hopeful standees began queueing up outside the Metropolitan Opera House. Minutes before curtain time,...

Music: Isolde at La Scala

Neither Kirsten Flagstad nor the Italian cops knew what to expect. In Milan last week 200 plainclothesmen were sprinkled through the audience in famed La Scala...

Music: Flagstad's Week

When the curtain rises on Wagner's Götterdämmerung (Dusk of the Gods), three Norns are spinning the dark threads of Wotan's fate. During the next four and a...

Music: Happy Heroine

(See Cover) Opening night at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera is an established American ritual. Everybody understands that the cast furnishes half the show and...

Music: Europe's New Divas

For nearly a decade, those two warring soprano queens, Maria Meneghini Callas and Renata Tebaldi, have dominated the world of European (and U.S.) opera,...

Music: Knitter's Debut

Out of its big old-fashioned sleeve Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera Company drew a surprise one afternoon last week: a Wagnerian soprano who was neither fat nor...

Music: Songs of Goodby

She was a slender girl of 18 when she first walked onto the stage of Oslo's National Theater to make her operatic debut in d'Albert's Tiefland. She had only a...

Music: Flagstad at 62

For four years Wagnerian Soprano Kirsten Flagstad has given only charity concerts, insists that she is a ''private person." But her voice is more public than...

Music: Isolde's Return

In a third-floor lounge of the Metropolitan Opera House one morning last week, 40 members of the Met chorus were taking a rehearsal break when a large,...

Music: Great Voice

It was doubtful whether Kirsten Flagstad's great voice would ever again be heard in the U.S. In her native Norway, 49-year-old Soprano Flagstad was an...

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