Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962), an operatic soprano, spent the first 18 years of her career in Scandinavia, singing opera, operetta and musical comedy. She made her international debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1932, and became the pre-eminent Wagnerian soprano of her generation. Retiring from the operatic stage in 1953, she continued to give recitals and make recordings (primarily of Wagner and Norwegian composers) and was, for a few years, the director of the Norwegian State Opera.
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The collection contains recordings of Kirsten Flagstad from the early 1920s until her death in 1962. The recordings are from live radio broadcasts, commercial discs, live performances, recording sessions, and private recordings. It also includes interviews, recordings of her piano accompanist Waldemar Alme, , and a gift compilation given to Kirsten Flagstad on her deathbed. Conductors, interviewers and other performers on the recordings include Lauritz Melchior, Arnold Gab́or, Ludwig Hoffmann, Gertrud P°alson-Wettergren, Emanuel List, Julius Huehn, René Maison, Kathryn Meisle, Set Svanholm, Edwin MacArthur, Alfred Wallenstein, Artur Bodanzky, ¿Øivin Fjelstad, Sigvart Fotland, Maria Mü¿ller, Rudolf Bockelmann, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karen-Marie Flagstad, Karl Böhm, John Gurney, Eleanor Lamont, Knud Hagermann-Lindencrøne, Sir Adrian Boult and Torstein Gunnarson.