Ackté [Achté], Aïno (opera)
- J.B. Steane
(b Helsinki, April 23, 1876; d Nummela, Aug 8, 1944). Finnish soprano. She studied with her mother, Emmy Achté (a soprano of the Helsinki Opera), and at the Paris Conservatoire. She appeared at the Opéra in 1897 as Gounod’s Marguerite. Her success there and in other European cities led to her engagement for two seasons (1903–5) at the Metropolitan, where she sang Marguerite, Micaëla, Brünnhilde (Siegfried) and Eva; the last role she repeated, with Elsa, Elisabeth and Senta, in Van Dyck’s 1907 German Opera Season at Covent Garden. Of her Salome, in the first English performances (1910, Covent Garden) of Strauss’s opera under Beecham, Newman wrote that she ‘acted and sang with unflagging spirit and striking characterisation’, and she was commended for performing the Dance of the Seven Veils herself. Her later career was largely in Finland. She helped to found the Finnish Opera in ...