Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 17, 2014

Torsten Lennartsson (Tenor) (Stockholm 1881 – Stockholm 1933)


His full name was Torsten Vilhelm Lennartsson. He received his education in Stockholm from Gillis Bratt and Oskar Lejdström. In 1908 he made his debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm as Nando in ‘’Tiefland’’ of  E. d'Albert. He belonged to this opera house till 1924. Here he performed with great success as lyric tenor, appearing among other things in ‘’Pêcheurs de perles’’, ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, ‘’Don Giovanni’’, ‘’Boheme’’, ‘’Eugene Onegin’’. He also appeared as Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Shuisky in Boris Godunov in Sweden 1909 and 1911 premieres. In 1910 he appeared there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Arnljot’’ of W. Peterson-Berger. He also appeared in tenor Buffo and character tenor parts and counted in the concert hall as a gifted song interpreter. He left the stage in 1924 to work as a teacher at the Conservatory of Stockholm. Among his students included Einar Andersson, Folke Andersson, Folke Cembræus and Sigurd Björling.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Stockholm Royal Swedish Opera
1910 Stockholm Royal Swedish Opera Arnljot
1913 Stockholm Royal Swedish Opera Pêcheurs de perles


Favorite, Stockholm 1906-12
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Kuplett (Aimer, aimer) (Fr) 1-85072 2287-o
Freischutz (Weber): Trio with Larsen & Matsson 1-89032 2361-o
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod): Madrigal with  Larsen 1-89033 2362-o

Gramophone, Stockholm 1913-01-15
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Serenad (Com'è gentil) 2-82964 4658ab

Gramophone, Stockholm 1915-03-23
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Har hos Eder min lyckliga barndom furflutit (Lensky's aria) 3-82047 17582L

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