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Opera

Judith Raskin

A lyric soprano whose vocal talent blossomed while she was in college, Judith Raskin developed into one of the outstanding musical artists of the twentieth century.

Roberta Peters

When Roberta Peters was just thirteen, famed tenor Jan Peerce suggested she take lessons to cultivate her amazing natural voice. Six years later, she made her debut on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera—and has been dazzling international audiences ever since.

Maria Winetzkaja

Maria Winetzkaja was a renowned opera singer, whose international career spanned twenty years.

Jennie Tourel

Jennie Tourel is universally regarded as one of the most distinguished vocalists of her time.

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor's years of work in theater, opera, film and television and her frequent use of masks and puppets, as well as Asian forms, won her a 1997 Tony Award for The Lion King—the first "Directing" Tony given to a woman in the fifty-year history of the Awards.

Florine Stettheimer

The career of Florine Stettheimer, painter, poet, and designer, offers an alternative to prevailing modes of contemporary modernist painting.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

At one point in her career hailed as “the world’s greatest contralto,” Ernestine Rössler was born on June 15, 1861 in Lieben, near Prague (now in the Czech Republic, but then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

Regina Resnik

Regina Resnik, world-famous opera singer and leading lady at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

Music: Palestine and Israel

The story of music in Israel is inextricably intertwined with the waves of immigration that broke upon its shores from 1882 on. Music in Israel is thus a giant mosaic of cultures, styles and musical traditions which in one way or another integrated into the music made in the country prior to their arrival.

Fritzi Massary

Little is known of Friederike Massarik’s childhood, save that she was born on March 21, 1882 to Jewish parents in the Vienna barracks quarter of the Grand Masters and that her father was a businessman. Her parents, and especially her mother, encouraged her talent via singing lessons, with the result that their daughter, now renamed Fritzi Massary, received her first engagement in a small part at the Landestheater in Linz in 1899/1900.

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