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. Peters made her debut at nineteen on November 17, 1950, singing as an emergency replacement for Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with just six hours’ notice before taking on her first contracted role as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute a few weeks later. She holds the record for the longest career with the Metropolitan Opera to date. She has performed recitals and operas and taught master classes around the world, from Europe to China to Russia, where she became the first American-born artist to receive the Bolshoi medal in 1972. Despite an intense performance schedule, she served as chairwoman of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a board member for the Anti-Defamation League as well as the National Council of the Arts, and established a scholarship at Hebrew University. In 1998, she was awarded the National Medal of the Arts.
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