Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962

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Flagstad was a Norwegian soprano who achieved international recognition with her Metropolitan Opera debut on February 2, 1935.

From the description of Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 123527574

From the guide to the Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.)

Norwegian soprano.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (43) and autograph postcard signed, dated or postmarked : New York, Houston, London, Oslo, Kristiansand, San Francisco, and Phoenix, 1951-1962, to Nancy Hamilton, 1951-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577408

From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) and autograph postcards signed (2), dated : Oslo, London, and Kristiansand, 1952-1961, to Katharine Cornell (one card is to her husband, Guthrie McClintic), 1952-1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577403

From the description of Autograph manuscript, dated : [Kristiansand, 1961], 1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577416

Opera singer.

From the description of Kirsten Flagstad collection, 1895-1981. (Museum of Performance & Design). WorldCat record id: 430368585

Biography / Administrative History

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962), an operatic soprano, spent the first 18 years of her career in Scandinavia, singing opera, operetta and musical comedy. After performing Isolde in 1932 at the National Theatre, Oslo, she was invited to Bayreuth, where her performances in small Wagnerian roles led to invitations to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to the San Francisco Opera, and to Covent Garden. She became known for her Wagnerian roles, particularly Sieglinde, Isolde and Brunnhilde. In 1941, Flagstad returned to Norway to join her husband who was later arrested as a Nazi collaborator and died awaiting trial in 1946; she, herself, was acquitted of any wrongdoing. In 1948, Flagstad returned to Covent Garden, performing there, and in other European venues, until 1951. Retiring from the operatic stage in 1953 after a performance of Dido and Aeneas at the Little Mermaid Theatre in London, she continued to give recitals, make recordings, primarily off Wagner and Norwegian composers, and was, for a few years, the director of the Norwegian State Opera.

From the guide to the Kirsten Flagstad collection, 1923-1962, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Jascha Heifetz Collection, 1911-1972 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962. Autograph manuscript, dated : [Kristiansand, 1961], 1961. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Kirsten Flagstad collection, 1923-1962 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Dodge, Witherspoon, Mrs. Scrapbook, 1938-1941. Atlanta History Center, Kenan Research Center / Cherokee Garden Library
referencedIn Muschenheim, Frederick A. Frederick A. and Elsa Muschenheim collection of musicians' portraits and correspondence, 1919-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962. Kirsten Flagstad collection, 1895-1981. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962. Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962. Autograph letters signed (43) and autograph postcard signed, dated or postmarked : New York, Houston, London, Oslo, Kristiansand, San Francisco, and Phoenix, 1951-1962, to Nancy Hamilton, 1951-1962. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Kirsten Flagstad collection, [ca. 1935-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn ARS Audiotape Collection, 1900-1991 Archive of Recorded Sound
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
referencedIn Jack Lund Collection, 1887-2009 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Cooper, Betty Miller,. Betty Miller Cooper photograph collection, [1932-1986]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Devoe, James E. James E. Devoe papers, 1921-1947. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Sloan, George A. Papers, 1917-1955. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Souvenir programs of contemporary personalities, 1880-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Katrina Castles papers, ca. 1932-1956 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962. Kirsten Flagstad collection. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Lawrence Tibbett Collection, 1929-1945 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Music collection, 1840s-1980 (ongoing) (bulk 1930-80). Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. Didon et Enée [Multimédia multisupport]. When I am laid in earth / Henry Purcell, comp. ; Kirsten Flagstad, S ; Mermaid singers and orchestra ; Geraint Jones, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Keller, Helen, 1880-1968. Typed letter signed : Arcan Ridge, Westport, Ct., to Nancy Hamilton, 1952 Apr. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lovey, Gertrud Themal. Gertrud Themal Lovey autobiography and reminiscences, circa 1959. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Frederick A. and Elsa Muschenheim collection of musicians' portraits and correspondence, 1919-1956 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Greenway, Lauder. Opera and recital collection [sound recording], 1901-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. Didon et Enée. When I am laid in earth / Henry Purcell, comp. ; Kirsten Flagstad, S ; Mermaid singers and orchestra ; Geraint Jones, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962. Autograph letters signed (5) and autograph postcards signed (2), dated : Oslo, London, and Kristiansand, 1952-1961, to Katharine Cornell (one card is to her husband, Guthrie McClintic), 1952-1961. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Edward Johnson Collection. Medallion commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Knabe, 1837-1937. University of Guelph
referencedIn Music Collection MS 409., 1848-2003, 1930s-1980 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Castles, Katrina. Katrina Castles papers, ca. 1932-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Albert, Eugen d', 1864-1932. person
associatedWith Allen, Reginald. person
associatedWith Alme, Waldemar. person
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Beckwith, Caryl. person
associatedWith Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. person
associatedWith Castles, Katrina person
associatedWith Castles, Katrina. person
associatedWith Cooper, Betty Miller, person
associatedWith Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Danmarks radio corporateBody
associatedWith Devoe, James E. person
associatedWith Dodge, Witherspoon, Mrs. person
associatedWith Edward Johnson Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Greenway, Lauder. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Nancy, 1908- person
associatedWith Keller, Helen, 1880-1968. person
associatedWith KFAC corporateBody
associatedWith Lindsay, Howard. person
associatedWith Lorenz, Max. person
associatedWith Lovey, Gertrud Themal. person
associatedWith Lund, Jack H. person
associatedWith Magic key (Radio program) corporateBody
associatedWith Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McArthur, Edwin. person
associatedWith McClinitc, Guthrie. person
associatedWith McClintic, Guthrie, person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. person
associatedWith Muschenheim, Frederick A person
associatedWith Muschenheim, Frederick A. person
associatedWith Newton, Ivor. person
associatedWith Nordoff, Paul. person
associatedWith Pfeiffer, John, 1920- person
associatedWith Raabe, Anton. person
associatedWith Reumert, Paol. person
associatedWith Segelcke, Tore. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Simon, Abbey. person
associatedWith Sloan, George A. person
associatedWith Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899. person
associatedWith Svanholm, Svet. person
associatedWith Tibbett, Richard M. person
associatedWith Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882. person
associatedWith Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. person
associatedWith Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. person
associatedWith Wagner, Wieland. person
associatedWith Weber, Carl Maria von, 1786-1826. person
associatedWith Wengård, Ulf. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Norway
Subject
Music
Live sound recordings
Songs (High voice)
Piano music
Music--Norway
Radio programs--musical
Songs (High voice) with piano
Opera--Scores
Operas--Excerpts
Singers--Interviews
Opera
Occupation
Sopranos (Singers)
Women singers
Singers
Vocalists
Function

Person

Birth 1895-07-12

Death 1962-12-07

Norwegians

Norwegian

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