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Opera

Debut of Beverly Sills at the Metropolitan Opera

April 7, 1975

Noted singer Beverly Sills made her long delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 45.

Theater in the United States

For over a hundred years, Jewish women have been involved in the American theater as writers, actors, directors, designers and producers. The vitality of the Yiddish theater, the splendor of Broadway, the rich tapestry of the regional theater—and everything in between—all owe a debt to the Jewish women who have given of their talents, their energy, their drive, and their dreams.

Beverly Sills

As someone who overcame many obstacles in her career, Beverly Sills exemplifies the enduring American image of the underdog succeeding against all odds. As an articulate advocate for the arts, she is among the most widely recognized faces from the world of American 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).

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Opera." (Viewed on May 30, 2015) <http://jwa.org/topics/opera>.

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