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Open Features: Eleanor Steber

Peter Wintersgill outlines the musical life of Eleanor Steber who made her New York Met debut 1940 as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.

Born
17th. July 1916 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Adolescence
Studied Boston and New York, giving recitals and singing church solos in New York.

Adult life
Won Metropolitan Auditions of the Air in 1940. New York Met debut 1940 as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Sang at Met till 1963, noted especially in Mozart, Strauss and Puccini, and as Marie in Wozzeck. She created the title role in Barber's Vanessa.

She sang with Glyndebourne at the Edinburgh Festival 1947, Bayreuth 1953. After retirement from the stage, she gave lieder recitals & taught at New England Conservatoire & the Juiliard School.

She died in 1990.

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