Sunday Morning Opera: RIP Roberta Peters


Screen Shot 2017-01-21 at 9.27.24 PMDuring the new golden age of opera there were a handful of legendary sopranos at the Met who bridged the gap from the 1950s to the early 1980s.

  • Beverly Sills
  • Leontyne Price
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Roberta Peters

Roberta Peters died on Wednesday, at age 86.  Beverly Sills was bubbles, my beloved bubbles.  Joan Sutherland was not a good as she thought she was, but whatever.  She was an acquired taste.  Leontyne Price (the only one of the list still alive) was a true primma donna.  Roberta Peters was elegant.  She was tiny, petite, and, even when I saw her in 1978, was exquisite.

I was fortunate enough to see her play Zerlina to Sherrill Milnes’ Don Giovanni. It was a performance that literally changed my life, cementing my obsession with opera.


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