Martina Arroyo: I used to be a social worker

Martina Arroyo: I used to be a social worker


norman lebrecht

April 28, 2021

The retired American soprano, now 84, wrestles with a tough question from Zsolt Bognar: is music a worthier way to spend your life than helping other people?

Watch a diva assess moral value in performance.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    See her here working with Stockhausen on his ‘Momente’

  • Barry says:

    Before I knew anything about classical music, I knew Ms. Arroyo from her appearance on the Odd Couple. She sang for Felix, who was of course an opera buff:

  • Sharon says:

    What a classy stand up lady! Thank you for the link
    Her comments about tailoring teaching for the individual psyche are very important–ALL teachers of whatever subject should pay attention to this.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    What a treat. Intelligent, unpretentious…was a lovelier person ever born? Thank you. “Living the Classical Life” has provided an invaluable archive.

  • Joel Kemelhor says:

    Ms. Arroyo was a superb Aida. I heard her sing with Jess Thomas as Radames when I was a student in Hartford. She should have recorded that Verdi role commercially, rather than some of the sopranos who did.