With the longest tenure of any female artist at the Metropolitan Opera, Roberta Peters is one of the great vocal talents of the century. A familiar presence at the world's premier concert halls, as well as more intimate venues like the White House, Peters has captivated the world with her talent, her charm, and her commitment to the arts, as well as to the Jewish people.
This year's recipient of the 1997 Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards in Performing Arts, Peters is well known for her "colaratura" heroines of grand opera, such as Gilda in "Rigoletto" and Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia." A star at the age of 19,with a magical debut at the Met, she was honored in 1985 with a special ceremony at the Met celebrating her 35th anniversary there.
Peters has been a prominent spokesperson for many Jewish causes, including the Hebrew University in Tel Aviv, where she established the Roberta Peters Scholarship Fund, and Israel Bonds. She has also made special appearances to benefit research for AIDS and cystic fibrosis.
In 1991, Peters was appointed by President Bush to the National Council of the Arts, and she has been a prominent supported for public funding for the arts. She currently sits on the Boards of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Carnegie Hall Corporation.