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Opera

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.

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.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Opera." (Viewed on December 16, 2017) <https://jwa.org/topics/opera>.

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