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Alma Gluck

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American soprano Alma Gluck sits on a bench.
Courtesy of Bain News Service/U.S. Library of Congress.
American soprano Alma Gluck sits on a bench.
Courtesy of Bain News Service/U.S. Library of Congress.

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Roberta Peters debuts at the Met

November 17, 1950

Soprano Roberta Peters debuted at the Metropolitan Opera when she replaced a colleague on six hours notice; she achieved the longest tenure of any Met soprano.

Debut of singer Alma Gluck

November 16, 1909

Alma Gluck, the most popular concert singer of her day, made her debut.

Birth of entertainer Kitty Carlisle Hart

September 3, 1910

Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.

Jennie Tourel sings on Mt. Scopus

July 9, 1967

Jennie Tourel, beloved opera singer and one of the first artists to teach in Israel, performed alongside Leonard Bernstein atop Mount Scopus to commemorate the end of the Six-Day War.

Birth of opera star Beverly Sills

May 25, 1929

Birth of opera star and arts advocate Beverly Sills.

Singer Alma Gluck is born

May 11, 1884

Born in Romania, opera and concert singer Alma Gluck went on to become a major performing and recording star in the United States

Opera singer Roberta Peters is born

May 4, 1930

Soprano Roberta Peters had the longest tenure of any Metropolitan Opera soprano and has worked to popularize opera throughout her career.

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.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

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Born Tini Rössler in Prague, contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink had an unsuccessful debut in Dresden in 1878 but went on to become a Metropolitan Opera star with a repertory of 150 roles—and the mother of seven children.

Born Tini Rössler in Prague, contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink had an unsuccessful debut in Dresden in 1878 but went on to become a Metropolitan Opera star with a repertory of 150 roles—and the mother of seven children.

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