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date: 25 August 2019

Wettergren [Pålson-Wettergren], Gertrud locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Eslöv, Malmö, Feb 17, 1897; d Stockholm, Nov 26, 1991). Swedish contralto . She studied in Stockholm, and made her début there in 1922 as Cherubino. Engaged at the Stockholm Royal Opera for more than 25 years, she also sang all over Europe and in the USA, making her Metropolitan Opera début in 1935 as Amneris, and her Chicago début the following year as Carmen. First heard at Covent Garden in 1936 as Amneris, she returned in 1939 as Azucena, a performance preserved on disc. Her large repertory included several Wagner roles – Brangäne, Venus, Fricka – as well as Delilah, Mignon, Herodias (Salome), Marina (Boris Godunov) and Marfa (Khovanshchina). She also appeared in many Swedish operas, including Peterson-Berger’s Adils och Elisiv and Domedagsprofeterna, Rosenberg’s Resa till Amerika, Atterberg’s Bäckahästen and Gunnar de Frumerie’s Singoalla, in which she created the title role in 1940...

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