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Opera

Jennie Tourel

Opera singer Jennie Tourel’s subtle performances may not have been suited to huge concert halls, but her extraordinary interpretations of the varied roles she took on made her recordings highly prized collector’s items.

Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills may not have performed at the Metropolitan Opera House until age forty-five, but her impact on the opera world as both a singer and as the first female director of the New York City Opera Company (NYCO) was beyond measure.

Roberta Peters

Roberta Peters made a remarkable debut at the Metropolitan Opera which led to a career spanning more than half a century as one of the Met’s most popular sopranos.

Alma Gluck

Alma Gluck began her career as an opera singer, but it was her love of American folk songs that made her a bestselling musical artist.

Sonia Delaunay

Through her art and work, Sonia Delaunay blurred the lines between poetry, fashion, and fine art.

Lina Abarbanell

Lina Abarbanell’s expressive voice inspired more than one light opera, but even after she retired from the stage, her talent for casting and directing other performers shaped powerful performances like the world tour of Porgy and Bess.

Singer Shirley Cohen Steinberg records the beloved Passover song “One Morning”

February 23, 1951

Singer Shirley Cohen Steinberg records the beloved Passover song One Morning.

Death of singer and casting agent Lina Abarbanell

January 6, 1963

Lina Abarbanell's career spanned from Die Fledermaus to Porgy and Bess.

Julie Rosewald becomes the first woman to lead services in an American synagogue

September 20, 1884

Julie Rosewald became the first woman known to have led services at an American synagogue when she led the music, chanted portions of the worship normally reserved for a cantor, and directed the choir at San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El following the death of the congregation's cantor.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Opera." (Viewed on January 26, 2015) <http://jwa.org/topics/opera>.

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