Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 23, 2015

Eyvind Laholm (Tenor) (Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA 1894 - New York, USA 1958)


He was of Swedish origin and his real name was Jon Edwin Johnson. After he had served in the First World War with the American navy, he studied singing under William S.Brady in New York. First he appeared in the USA in operetta theaters, then, however, his career began in Europe as an opera singer. He made his debut in 1924 at the Stadttheater in Essen as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. He remained here till 1928. In the 1928-1930 seasons he was engaged by the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. In the 1930-1931 season he appeared at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart. In the 1932-1938 seasons he was a member of the Opernhaus in Frankfurt a. M. He made guest appearance in 1929 at the Berlin  Kroll-Oper as Erik in "Fliegenden Holländer". In 1934 he was staying with the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera in Amsterdam, where he sang the part of Rienzi. In 1935 he appeared at the Staatsoper in Vienna. In 1937 he performed in the festival at the Waldoper of Zoppot. In 1938 he made guest appearance at the Arena di Verona  as Tannhäuser. In 1939 he gave a successful recital in New York and was a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera till 1941. 

Chronology of some appearances

1924-1928 Essen Stadttheater
1928-1930 Wiesbaden Staatstheater
1929 Berlin  Kroll-Oper
1930-1931 Stuttgart Staatsoper
1934 Amsterdam Opera
1935 Vienna Staatsoper
1937 Zoppot Festival
1938 Verona Arena
1939-1941 New York Metropolitan Opera


Odeon, Berlin 1936-04-29
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): O sag, wenn ich fahr O-25763 PBe11329
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Doch heisst dich auch ein Pfichtget O-25763 PBe11330
Otello (Verdi): Gott! Warum hast du gehäust dieses PBe  O-25835 PBe11339
Fidelio (Beethoven): In des Lebens Frühlingstagen O-25835 PBe11340

1 comment:

  1. He was my first cousin twice removed- the most famous person in our family tree. Our ancestors came from Laholm, Halland,Sweden, thus his stage name.