Steiner, Emma Roberto
- Carol Neuls-Bates
(b ?Baltimore, 1850; d New York, Feb 27, 1928). American composer and conductor. Her paternal ancestors were military officers; her mother was an excellent amateur pianist. Mainly self-taught, Steiner composed from the age of seven, despite a lack of encouragement from her parents. In the early 1870s she went to Chicago to make music her career, initially as a singer in the chorus of an opera company, then – after attracting the interest of Edward Everett Rice – as a conductor in a company under Rice’s direction. Over the next 30 years Steiner is said to have conducted 6000 performances of more than 50 operas and operettas, including 700 performances of ...