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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was an English composer. Michael Tippett In his long career he produced a large body of work, including five operas, three large-scale choral works, four symphonies, five string quartets, four piano sonatas, concertos and concertante works, song cycles and incidental music.
The outstanding American soprano, Roberta Peters (real name: Petermann), was the daughter of a shoe salesman and a hat maker. She grew up in the Bronx, loving to sing and dreaming of becoming a star. Her parents made great financial sacrifices to prepare her for a career in music. Her grandfather, who was a headwaiter, knew the tenor Jan Peerce , who was a well-known cantor.