One of the top opera sopranos of her time, Judith Raskin shone on stage and taught her students to stop thinking about “the Voice” as separate from themselves. Raskin studied violin and piano as a child, but began serious vocal training at Smith College, from which she graduated in 1949. Her first major role was as Sister Constance in NBC’s production of Dialogue of the Carmelites in 1957. She went on to play Despina in Cosi fan Tutti at the New York City Opera in 1959 and Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera in 1962. Throughout her career she played more than sixty roles both for prestigious opera companies and for recordings. After she left the Metropolitan Opera Company in 1972 she focused on singing lieder (traditional poetry set to music) and orchestral works, including the premier of Hugo Weisgall’s Yiddish song cycle the Golden Peacock. In 1975 she began teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and the 92nd Street Y School of Music, where a master class for opera singers was later named for her. She co-chaired the music panel of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1972–1976 and judged the Metropolitan Opera auditions for several years.
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