A child prodigy violinist, Sarah Caldwell was not satisfied simply playing an instrument: she had her eyes set on being a conductor. And she did it, becoming the head of the opera department at Boston University at 28, and founding the Opera Company of Boston 5 years later. After stints with the New York City Opera, Caldwell would become the first female conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1996, her efforts were honored when she received the National Medal of Arts.
Those in Boston remember the "Divine Sarah."
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