Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 14, 2016

Signe von Rappe (Soprano) (Stockholm, Sweden 24 September 1879 † Stockholm, Sweden 21 May 1974)


First she studied at the Royal Conservatoire in Stockholm, then with Thekla Hofer in Stockholm (1899-1904), under Therese Schnabel-Behr in Berlin (1904-1905) and with Etelka Gerster in Bologna (1905-1906). Already in 1902 she sang in Stockholm solo part in Händel’s oratorio ‘’Samson’’. In 1906 she made her debut at the Stockholm Royal Opera as Pamina in "Zauberflöte". In the 1906-1908 seasons she was engaged by the Court Theater in Mannheim, in the 1908-1911 seasons she was a member of the Vienna Court Opera. Her star role was the part of Salome in R. Strauss’s opera ‘’Salome’’. In 1910 she made guest appearances at the London Covent Garden (Salome/Senta in "Fliegenden Holländer"). She appeared with great success also in Paris as Salome. She made guest appearances also at the Berlin Court Opera. In the 1912-1913 season she was engaged again by the Royal Opera. In the 1912-1913 and 1924-1925 seasons she undertook successful concert tours in the USA. After her retirement she taught singing in Stockholm.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Stockholm Royal Opera
1906-1908 Mannheim Court Theater
1908-1911 Vienna Court Opera
1910 London Covent Garden 
1912-1913 Stockholm Royal Opera


Gramophone, London 1909-04-26
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