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Hempel, Frieda

Born: 1885 AD
Died: 1955 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Musicians, Singer

1885 – Born in Germany, but became a natuaralized US citizen.

1905 – She studied in Leipzig and Berlin, after which her early career was centered at the Berlin Königliche Oper.

1907 – She was first heard at Covent Garden in a double bill as Mozart’s Bastienne and Humperdinck’s Gretel, then as Eva and Mrs Ford.

1911 – She had been introduced to Berlin.

1912 – Her Metropolitan debut on the 27th of December, as Marguerite de Valois in a brilliantly cast Les Huguenots, began a period of seven years with that company, during which she settled in New York.

       – She sang Eva and Euryanthe there under Toscanini, besides many of the lighter Verdi, Rossini and Donizetti parts, in which she was regarded as the natural successor of Sembrich.

1913 – Later introduced to New York.

1914 – Her fine schooling and purity of tone immediately marked her out, but her big London success came during Beecham’s Drury Lane season.

1919 – After a farewell Metropolitan appearance on the 10th of February, in Crispino e la comare, she devoted herself mainly to a concert career.

1955 – Died this year.