Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 13, 2016

Magna Lykseth-Schjerven (Soprano) (Oslo, Norway 6. 2. 1874 † Stockholm, Sweden 13. 11. 1949)

First she received her education in Oslo, then studied singing in Stockholm with Ida Basilius-Magel, John Forsell and Gillis Bratt. In 1898 she made her debut (under the name Magna Lykseth) as a concert singer. In  1901 she became a member of the Royal Opera in Stockholm, where she made her debut as Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and till 1918 she was a real prima donna of this opera house. In the 1904-1910 she sang there under the name Magna Lykseth-Schjerven. In 1911 she married Swedish baron Skogman and sang under the name Magna Lykseth-Skogman. She was an excellent interpreter of parts in operas of R. Wagner and created in Stockholm for Sweden the part of Brünnhilde in ‘’Siegfried’’ (1905) and in ‘’Götterdämmerung’’ (1907). In 1909 she created Isolde in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. In 1903 she sang in Stockholm with great success the title role in G. Puccini’s ‘’Tosca’’. Her repertoire also included Aida, Desdemona in ‘’Otello’’, Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Elisabeth in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Kundry in ‘’Parsifal’’, Countess in ‘’Figaros Hochzeit’’, Agathe in ‘’Freischütz’’ and Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’. In 1907 she received the Swedish order ‘’Litteris et artibus’’. In 1912 she became a member of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Chronology of some appearances

1901-1918 Stockholm Royal Opera

Opera Premieres (Stockholm Royal Opera)

1905 Stockholm Royal Opera Siegfried (Brünnhilde)
1907 Stockholm Royal Opera Götterdämmerung (Brünnhilde)
1909 Stockholm Royal Opera Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)


G&T, Stockholm 1904-10? 
Juive (Halévy): Aria (Il va venir) 83621 10269u 
Aida (Verdi): Duett (A te grave cagion) with John Forsell 84083 10280u 

Zonophone, Stockholm 1905-10
Fjorton år tror jag visst att jag var (trad) 73034  1210d
Jaguarita (Hallström): Kolibrivisan 73035 1211d

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