Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 31, 2015

Rosa Grünberg (Soprano) (Stockholm 4/1 1878 - Stockholm 11/4, 1960)

She was a pupil of pedagogues J. Jacobsson, Gillis Bratt and Signe Hebbe in Stockholm. In 1898 she made her debut at the Svenska Theater in Stockholm as Inga in ‘’Bröllopet på Ulvåsa’’, a few weeks later she sang at the Vasatheater of Stockholm in ‘’Opernball’’ by Heuberger. In the 1898-1902 seasons she appeared with great success at the Vasa Theater in Stockholm. In the 1902-1904 seasons she sang at Östermalmstheater in Stockholm and undertook a tour with the Ranfts Operetta troupe through the Scandinavian lands. Her repertoire also included the title part in J. Offenbach’s ‘’Schöner Helena’’ and Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In the 1906-1914 seasons she was a star of the Oscartheater in Stockholm. She was invited to appear at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and there in the 1914-1915 season she had a huge success as Leonora in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ and as Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. She retired from the stage in 1916.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Stockholm Svenska Theater
1898 Stockholm Vasatheater
1898-1902 Stockholm Vasa Theater
1902-1904 Stockholm Östermalmstheater
1906-1914 Stockholm Oscartheater
1914-1915 Stockholm Royal Opera


Gramophone, Stockholm 1911-10-16
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  1. What a great website! I research historic dances. I found your blog while writing a post on a short dance film from 1908 that starred Ms. Grunberg. You might enjoy it: