A DEBUT AT THE MET by Roberta & Louis Biancolli Peters

A DEBUT AT THE MET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Her professional debut was at the Metropolitan Opera House, an unusual circumstance, and here is the story from her first voice lesson (at age twelve) to the moment Roberta Peters stepped on the stage as an opera singer. The education of a coloratura (""I took to it like a duck takes to water"") involves singing and foreign language (Italian, French, German) lessons, gymnastics, dramatics, as well as persistence and self-confidence. If you know opera, you can follow her through first meetings with Jan Peerce, Sol Hurok, Max Rudolph, and Rudolph Bing with n-aria loss of composure but the persistent flow of superlatives is not especially entertaining, and the simple sentences lack rhythm and grace.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Meredith