Famous Arkansan: Sarah Caldwell

Several well-known people have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each week.  Today, Meet Sarah Caldwell

“If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera.”- Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell (1924-2006) was a renowned opera conductor who was raised in Fayetteville.

Over her career she staged more than 75 operas. Considered a child prodigy
in music and mathematics, she was giving violin recitals before age 10 and
graduated from Fayetteville High School at the age of 14. She founded the Opera
Company of Boston and brought it to national prominence, and in 1976 she became
the first woman to conduct at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
She became known for her creative staging and inspired direction. Always an innovator, Caldwell incorporated laser, black lights and film into her productions. She is a member
of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.

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