A Cloudy Night for Stars, but Others Could Shine

By ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 15 March 2006]
“Oh, for a Mary Curtis-Verna,” a friend of mine is fond of saying. His meaning: not every singer is a star, but some of the journeyman singers of yesteryear ó like Ms. Curtis-Verna, a capable soprano ó might stack up beautifully in comparison to some of the stars of today.