I recall seeing Verrett twice. Once was in recital at IU in 1974, in which she sang a varied program (including "Una voce poco fa") with graceful assurance.

The year before, when I spent the summer in London, I saw her in a new Carmen production at Covent Garden, and for once Carmen was as magnetic as those onstage say she is. I'll never forget her entry on Escamillo's arm in the last act, dazzling in ivory mantilla. And unlike the occasion Andrew just mentioned, her companions were every bit her equal: Domingo, Te Kanawa, Van Dam. It was quite an evening.