1989 – Scarsdale, New York
Roberta Peters is an opera, concert, television, musical comedy and recording artist of great renown. She and her husband, Bertram Fields, have two sons. Ms. Peters was born in New York City, where, at the age of thirteen, she began the voice lessons, which led to her career. For six years Miss Peters studied under the rigorous tutelage of noted voice coach William Herman. Her career is a chronicle of success. She has performed over five hundred times with the Metropolitan Opera. Her career also includes fifty-seven Saturday morning Texaco broadcasts, an unprecedented sixty-five appearances on the Ed Sullivan show and twenty-five appearances on the Voice of Firestone. Her international triumphs include the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, tours of the Soviet Union and recitals and master classes in the People’s Republic of China. In 1972 she received the Bolshoi Medal from the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow and, in 1964, she was the Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Woman of the Year. Voluntary leadership and associations include: Director, Metropolitan Opera Guild and Carnegie Hall; Trustee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Overseer of Colby College and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; Chairman, National Institute for Music Theater and Trustee Emeritus, Ithaca College. Roberta Peters was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received honorary doctorates from seven colleges and universities.