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Margherita Roberti (born 1925) is an American operatic soprano who had an active international career that spanned from 1948 to 1988. Although she performed throughout the world, Roberti achieved her greatest success and popularity in Italy. A dramatic soprano, Roberti drew particular acclaim for her portrayals of Verdi heroines. Among her signature roles are Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Elisabetta in Don Carlos, Elena in I vespri siciliani, Odabella in Attila, and the title role in Luisa Miller. In 1970 she was awarded Order of knight by the Italian government president Giuseppe Sargat (Commendatore della repubbilca italiana)
Roberti was born with the name Margaret Jean Roberts to F.J. and Ethel Roberts in Wayne County, Iowa. Her father was a breeder of Angus cattle and she grew up on his farm in Atlantic, Iowa. Her family sold the farm when she was 12 and moved to Muscatine, Iowa. The following year Roberti began taking voice lessons with Herald Stark at the University of Iowa. In 1943 she graduated from Muscatine High School after which she studied voice at Hunter College. While at Hunter she met her husband Thomas Nobis, an engineer recently returning from duty in the United States Navy. The couple married in 1949 and in 1952 their daughter, the athlete Jennifer Figge, was born.
In 1948 Roberti made her professional opera debut with the Saint Louis Opera. In 1951, she began performing regularly on the Chicago radio program Chicago Theater of the Air. She would commute weekly from her home in Davenport, Iowa to the Windy City for performances.