During 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.