Soprano Eleanor Steber was born in West Virginia in 1916; she made her premiere with the Metropolitan Opera in 1940 and stayed with that venerable organization until 1963. She was the first Vanessa in Samuel Barber's opera of that name, and she also commissioned his work, Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Steber later taught at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory, and she passed away in 1990. The University of Buffalo Libraries has created this digital archive of publicity photographs of Steber, along with a number of informal photographs of her throughout her career. All told, the collection includes 373 images, and visitors can search the collection by keyword or by just browsing around. Visitors shouldn't miss a delightful photograph of Steber after a Philadelphia Orchestra Concert or her annual Christmas cards.


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