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Flagstad, Kirsten

Born: 1895 AD
Died: 1962 AD
Nationality: Norwegian
Categories: Singer

1895 – Born on July 12th in Hamar, Norway. Norwegian soprano, Kirsten Flagstad’s father was a conductor, and her mother was a singing coach and pianist as well as her first teacher.

1913 – While still a student, Kirsten Flagstad made her début at the National Theater in Oslo as Nuri in Eugen d’Albert’s Tiefland.

1919 – Married to Sigurd Hall on May 14th.

1930 – Married to Henry Johansen on May 31st.

1932-1934 – Her first Isolde in Oslo led to Bayreuth engagements in minor parts and to roles as Sieglinde and Gutrune.

         – Kirsten Flagstad turned her sights on North America and auditioned at the Metropolitan Opera to succeed the reigning Wagnerian soprano Frida Leider.

1935 – Her unheralded Met début as Sieglinde, broadcast nationwide on February 2nd, created a sensation. Four days later, she sang Isolde, and later that month, she performed Brünhilde in Die Walküre and Die Götterdämmerung for the first time.

1941 – She returned to Nazi-occupied Norway to join her second husband, whose collaboration with the Nazis led to his arrest after World War II.

1953 – Her final operatic performances were as Purcell’s Dido at the Mermaid Theatre in London.

1958-1960 – Flagstad continued to record and sing concerts, and was director of the Norwegian National Opera.

1962 – Died on December 7th in Oslo, Norway.