Soprano Eleanor Steber was born into a musical family and learned voice and piano from her mother. Eleanor's opera debut was in 1936 in Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman". In 1940 Eleanor won first prize at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air. Eleanor would debut at the Metropolitan Opera in October 1940 as Sophie in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Eleanor Steber appeared numerous times on both television and radio programs of Voice of Firestone and The Bell Telephone Hour. From 1963 to 1972 Eleanor was head of the voice department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.