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Kerstin Thorborg

Thorborg, whose father was a newspaper editor based in northern Sweden, had musical parents and she herself showed signs of musicality from an early age, later studying with a local teacher. When she entered a competition to study at the opera school of the Royal Swedish Opera she was one of only three to be successful out of over a thousand applicants. Between 1922 and 1924 she sang small parts with this company, including Lola / Cavalleria rusticana, Countess Ceprano / Rigoletto and Grimgerde / Die Walküre.

Remaining a member of the Royal Swedish Opera until 1930, she first sang a major role in 1924 (Ortrud / Lohengrin) and took part in several first performances, including Atterberg’s Bäckahästen (1925) and Peterson-Berger’s Adils och Elisiv (1927); and took the key role of the Commander in the Swedish premiere of Zandonai’s I cavalieri di Ekebù in 1928, excerpts from which were recorded. She also sang as a guest elsewhere, for instance as Amneris opposite Flagstad’s Aida at Gothenburg and as Waltraute / Götterdämmerung at Dresden (1929).




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