American opera singer who performed soprano roles in Richard Strauss' Arabella and in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1940 and she frequently performed at the famous opera house for the next two decades.
She retired from her operatic career and joined the voice faculty of the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
She was born in Wheeling, West Virginia to William Charles Steber, Sr. and Ida Amelia Nolte Steber and she grew up with a younger brother and a younger sister.
She performed in the world premieres of two operas by composer Samuel Barber: Vanessa in 1958 and Knoxville, Summer of 1915 in 1948.