Estelle Liebling

Estelle Liebling’s gifts as an opera singer were put to the test in 1902 when she sang the role of Marguerite in Les Huguenots at the Metropolitan Opera House with only a few hours’ warning. Liebling came from a family of talented musicians, several of whom had studied under Franz Liszt. Her own debut at age eighteen was as a vocalist, singing the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dresden Royal Opera House. She went on to perform as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Her stunning Metropolitan Opera debut, filling in for a sick performer, was followed by roles in La Boheme and The Magic Flute. From 1903–1905 she performed as a soloist for John Philip Sousa’s band on tour throughout America and Europe, a total of roughly 1,600 performances in three years. She trained musicians at her studio in New York for fifty years, from opera singers like Frieda Hempel and Beverly Sills to popular singers like Kitty Carlisle. She also wrote books on voice training: The Estelle Liebling Vocal Course and The Estelle Liebling Coloratura Digest.


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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death
Singer, Educator, Writer

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Estelle Liebling." (Viewed on October 16, 2019) <>.


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