(Opera singer; born February 2, 1937 in New York, New York)Born and raised in Harlem, Martina Arroyo conquered the opera world, from the Metropolitan Opera to the Vienna State Opera, from Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires to La Scala in Milan, Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as well as the great concert halls from Salzburg and Berlin to her hometown of New York. Few in her generation have been so fearless, or so successful, triumphant across the repertory, from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss to Barber, Bolcom, Schoenberg and Stockhausen. The New York Times once heralded her voice as "among the most glorious in the world." Her extensive recorded legacy reflects Arroyo's at once inspired and inspiring collaborations with the greatest conductors of our age: Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta, Thomas Schippers, Colin Davis and James Levine. She is a most persuasive ambassador of opera.