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Kerstin Thorborg

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Voice: Contralto
Nationality: Swedish
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1970

About Kerstin Thorborg:

Kerstin Thorborg (May 19, 1896 - April 12, 1970)

Born in Venjan, Sweden, the contralto Kerstin Thorborg was one of the best dramatic Wagnerian singers in the two decades between 1930 and 1950. She made her debut in 1924 singing the difficult role of Ortrud in Lohengrin. Eight years later, the famed conductor Bruno Walter engaged her for the Städtische Oper in Berlin and became her mentor. Although a contralto, Thorborg's upper register was so secure that she sang numerous mezzo-soprano roles, including Venus, Kundry, Fricka, Waltraute, and Magdalena. She was especially known for her searingly beautiful Brangäne, which was preserved on record. She also appears to wonderful advantage in the live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, with Charles Kullmann, under Bruno Walter, at the Vienna Musikverein in 1936 an the even more famous one with the Concertgebouworkest, under Carl Schuricht in 1939. In 1938, to escape the Nazis, she made her home in the United States, singing various roles at the Met. She returned to her native Sweden in 1950, after her retirement.

By all accounts, Thorborg was a magnificent actor with great stage presence. In addition, she was endowed with a beautifully steady and intense tone.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Lausch Geliebter Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
2Siegmund sieh auf mich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Siegmund
3Weiche Wotan weiche Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: German

Roles: Erda
4Schlimm furcht ich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
5Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
6Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
7Weh ach wehe dies zu dulden Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.18

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
8Ha ich bin's ich bin's Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.15

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
9Kehrte der Vater nun heim Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding/Siegmund/Brünnhilde/Wotan
10Einsam wachend in der Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brangäne
11Nichts lerntest du Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
12Erhebe dich Genossin meiner Schmach Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
13Der alte Sturm Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
14Weh! Ach Wehe! Dies Zu Dulden! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.06

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
15Fliegt heim ihr Raben Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
16Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
17Höre mit Sinn Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles:
18Habet acht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: trioVoice: S T SLanguage: German

Roles: Brangäne/Tristan/Isolde
19Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
20E scherzo od e follia Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.20

Type: quartet,choirVoice: B B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Samuel/Tom/Ulrica/Riccardo
21Ai nostri monti ritorneremo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.13

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
22Finisci il vaticinio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.21

Type: septet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br S cA B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Ulrica/Silvano/Samuel/Tom
23Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
24Chi voi siate l'audace parola Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.19-1

Type: Voice: cA T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Riccardo/Samuel/Oscar
25Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
26Chiamo il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
27Che fiero momento Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S T/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo
28Mille pene Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
29Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
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