This January 18, the opera world lost one of the greatest Sopranos ever, the great Robert Peters who passed away at age 86.
Roberta Peters was one of the greatest Opera singers of the mid XX century Opera and her career was associated with the MET.
Recently I got to listen to Roberta Peters in one of her most wonderful performances, as Oscar, in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” from a historical broadcast from the Met Opera radio from 1983 with Carlo Bergonzi and Leo Nucci. Her Oscar was one of the most delightful and joyful ever. It was a mix of happiness and sadness at the same time when I got to listen to Roberta Peters as Oscar, because I listened to this broadcast a few days later after the news of her passing.
Roberta Peters was one of the greatest as the Queen of the Night and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. I also remember that I loved her singing as Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”.
Luckily we can watch many unforgettable performances of Roberta Peters in the wonderful television channel “Classic Arts Showcase” in which they broadcast videos of Opera performances, ballets, classical concerts, art, choral and chamber music and also of baritone Robert Merrill (in which Roberta Peters had a brief marriage with him by the way). And also of course, we can watch on DVD, or television or in Met on Demand many unforgettable performances of Roberta Peters and also in the many wonderful historical Radio broadcasts on Met Opera Radio on Sirius.
Roberta Peters also had many special appearances on television, along with many other glorious Opera stars back in a time when they used to invite many Opera stars on television shows, now in these days is rare to see that.
Lucia di Lammermoor, The Queen of the Night, Zerlina, Gilda, Rosina, Susanna, Despina, Oscar, Adina, Norina, Olympia and Adele were among of her many marvelous, wonderful roles in which the lovely Roberta Peters delighted us with her exquisite, beautiful voice.
The passing of the great Roberta Peters is the first huge loss for the Operatic world in 2017.
Roberta Peters – Una voce poco fa
ROBERTA PETERS AS THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
Lucia di Lammermoor. Sextet / Donizetti (Roberta PETERS, Loretta Di Franco, Dano Raffanti, Robert Nagy, Brian Schexnayder, Julien Robbins)
Roberta Peters Sempre libera 1954 La Traviata
Roberta Peters The Doll Song Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille
ROBERTA PETERS IN ONE OF HER MOST FAMOUS ROLES…. ZERLINA IN MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI
Rest in Peace…. Roberta Peters. We will never forget you.