Another American background book tells the story of a Spanish soprano's spectacular rise to fame her preeminence as the New York Metropolitan's favorite for many years. She was a member of a noble Spanish family, the Borjas, but changed her name at the start of her career in Rome. For over a quarter of a century she was an opera star; then for six years a throat ailment silenced her glorious voice. She was a friend of the opera greats of her day, Puccini, Toscannini, Gatti-Casazza, Caruso and McCormack either directed, composed or sang with her. An inside picture of the more glamorous aspects of an opera star's life, one who never succumbed to the ""temperament"" for which most of them are famous.