Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 22, 2015

Borghild Lindvig Bryhn-Langaard (Soprano) (23.7.1883 Kongsvinger (Norwegen), † 20.11.1939 Oslo)

She studied singing under Nina Grieg, the wife of the composer Edvard Grieg. She made her debut in 1906 in a concert in Oslo opposite Edvard Grieg as a pianist and appeared there in 1907 at  the National  Theater in the opera ‘’Sjömandesbruden’’. Then she went to London, where she became a pupil of Raimund von zur Mühlen. In the 1907-1908 season she appeared at the Covent Garden in London as Brünnhilde in the unforgettable première of ‘’Der Ring des Nibelungen’’ under Hans Richter. She also sang the part of Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. In 1909 she successfully guested at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1910 she performed at the Vienna Court Opera as Santuzza and Aida. In 1913 at Amsterdam she appeared as  Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’.  She also made  guest appearances in Milan and Budapest (here as Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’). In 1914 she sang at the Copenhagen Opera the parts of Tosca and Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In 1919, as a partner of Alessandro Bonci, she performed at the Chicago Opera as Amelia in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’. Since 1920 she lived in her Norwegian native country, where she still gave a concerts and single guest performances. During the 1920’s she still appeared in Scandinavian operatic stages. At Milan she guested as Borghild Brunelli.

Chronology of some appearances

1907 National  Theater Sjömandesbruden (-)
1907 London Covent Garden Der Ring des Nibelungen (Brunhilde)
1908 London Covent Garden Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1910 Vienna Court Opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1910 Vienna Court Opera Aida (Aida)
1913 Amsterdam Opera  Tannhäuser (Venus)
1914 Copenhagen Opera Tosca (Tosca)
1914 Copenhagen Opera Lohengrin (Elsa)
1919 Chicago Opera Ballo in maschera (Amelia)


Pathé, London 1907?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Lied der Elisabeth 77198
Fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Ballde der Senta 77201
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete 77205
Ave Maria (Gounod) 77207

Gramophone, London 1908-06-12 
Astri, mi Astri (trad) 83649 8455e
Peer Gynt (Grieg): Solveigs sang 83648 8453e 
Synnøves sang (Kjerulf) 83667  8454e
Sæterjentens søndag (Bull) 83650 8457e

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