Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

Music: Three on Parade

A teacher arranges members of the St. Molaga’s School Choir before they compete in the annual Feis Ceoil music competition in Dublin, Ireland, April 2, 2019. (Laszlo Balogh / Reuters)

Musical personalities continually parade through New York, and we will look in on three of them: three personalities who recently paraded through. The first of them is a trip and a half: Aprile Millo, the American soprano. She is an old-fashioned diva, or at least she plays at being one. She is like a cartoonist’s version of an opera soprano: grand, imperious, plump. She seems perpetually on the verge of crisis, just a moment away from breaking down, if she is not actually doing so. She is one of the great cancelers in the history of music. And emotional neediness …

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