After a few months of retirement, Beverly Sills, the former chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has returned to action – Post People
After a few months of retirement, Beverly Sills, the former chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has returned to action as chairman of the Metropolitan Opera.
“Joseph Volpe, general manager of the Met, called me just before I stepped down,” she tells us, “and I explained that, I had to take some time off to smell the roses.”
But now she says, “I suddenly developed an allergy for roses. I don’t do well in unstructured time off. Excess energy, I guess.”
Beginning her successful career at age three, under her given name of Belle Miriam Silverman, little Belle won a beautiful-baby contest following her rendition of The Wedding of Jack and Jill. Convinced of her daughter’s musical talent, her mother provided her with lessons in dance, voice, and elocution.
This led to auditioning on Major Bowe’s Amateur Hour, where she became a member of his company and was heard every Sunday across the nation.
Her move to become a member of the New York City Opera required several years. But it was her debut as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus that did the trick, drawing raves from the newspaper critics.
The rest, as they say, is history–30 years of musical history, no less.
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