A massive Bulgarian mezzo soprano accidentally swallowed a harmonica hours before her debut as Mimi in La Bohème at the Met.
New York society gathered for an evening of exquisite Puccini. Reviews of the singer from Europe had been amazing. A new face, a new voice... outstanding, outsize, but utterly refreshing. The curtains opened revealing a shabby 19th century Parisian garret.
But... shock, horror... as Mimi expanded her considerable chest, a mere squawk emerged, more Dylan than Larry Adler. Then, lungs exploding, the harmonica burst forth, soaring into the dress circle.
That's how she gained the epithet "THE MOUTH ORGAN".