Beverly Sills(1929-2007), American soprano, her original name was Belle Silverman. She sang on Radio as a child, student of Estelle Liebling, made her operatic debut at Philadelphia in 1946. In 1947 she joined the new York City Opera, after 25 years with the company as a leading soprano, she served as director from 1979-1989. During her singing career she sang in Vienna, La Scala, London and NY Metropolitan Opera. She recorded widely, appeared on network television as both personality and performer.