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N.E. Opera Club New England - Eleanor Steber, America's Most Neglected Diva

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NE Opera Club November's Presentation

Eleanor Steber, America's Most Neglected Diva

Noted opera lecturer Jack Jarzavek will be our speaker

Jack Jarzavek's talk will look at the full range of Eleanor Steber's career at the Met. It will also include a biographical account of her growth as a music student and emerging diva. His selections, played on CD, will cover most of the roles she sang at the Met, including two of which she performed the Met premiere, and one the world premiere. He will also examine her relationships with her two husbands and Rudolf Bing as they interacted and affected her relations with the Metropolitan Opera management.

Jack says, "I grew up with my father listening to the Met's Saturday afternoon broadcasts. I heard my first opera in Paris in 1961 when I was a student at the Sorbonne. My father gave me my first LP in 1955, Verdi's Rigoletto, and I have been collecting LPs and CDs ever since. I gave 17,000 LPs and 5,000 CDs to the Rivers Conservatory at the Rivers School where I taught for 40 years: French, English, and art history. I continue to buy CDs , especially of operas I don't know and singers who are just emerging. Modern opera, the more experimental, the better, is a great pleasure and focus on my CD purchases."

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