A transcendent soprano returns to town she loves
By David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 Mar 05]
NEW YORK – Few cosmic mistakes have ever been so glaring: Soprano Aprile Millo, who embodies the traditional operatic values that Philadelphians hold dear, hasn’t sung here in nearly 20 years.
Among current singers, her warm, vibrato-rich voice is the one most likely to reaffirm memories of the late, great Renata Tebaldi, who is an unofficial patron saint in the narrow streets of South Philadelphia. But since a 1986 concert performance of Verdi’s I Lombardi, she’s been virtually absent — until Sunday, when she heads the Academy of Vocal Arts gala at the Kimmel Center, and then April 21, for a recital presented by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
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