Kerstin Thorborg mezzosopran 1896-1970

Kerstin Thorborg mezzosopran Kerstin Thorborg - mezzosopran

Kerstin Thorborg född 19 maj 1896 i Söromsjöbygden i Venjans socken i Dalarna, död 12 april 1970 i Hedemora, var en svensk operasångerska (alt, mezzosopran), hovsångerska från 1944.

Kerstin Thorborg mezzosopran 1896-1970

Kerstin Thorborg var dotter till Viktor Thorborg och Hildur Bohman. Hon var född i Venjan, men familjen flyttade efter ett par år till Hedemora där hennes far arbetade som tidningsredaktör. Hennes far hade en kraftig basröst bland annat använd i manskören Orphei Drängar. Efter att Kerstin Thorborg som tonåring framträtt som solist vid en OD-konsert i Hedemora, övertygade OD-isterna hennes föräldrar att hon borde sättas i sångarskola. Via privatlektioner och operaskola i Stockholm kom hon in på Operan. 

Thorborg debuterade på Stockholmsoperan som Lola i På Sicilien 1923. 1924 hade hon sin stora operadebut som Ortrud i Wagners Lohengrin och var sedan verksam där 1925 till 1930.

Hon gifte sig 1928 med teaterchefen Gustaf Bergman (1880–1952). Han hade tidigare gjort karriär som hjältetenor ute i Europa och sju år i USA Under denna karriär hade han bland annat haft ett livligt umgänge med bland annat familjen Wagner i Bayreuth och blivit god vän med operakompositören Puccini. Efter att Thorborg gjort stor succé vid en stor konsert med svensk musik i Frankfurt 1927 och giftermålet med Gustav Bergman, satsade Thorborg allt mer på en karriär i Tyskland.

Hitler beundrade Wagner och hans operor.  Thorborg, som var en av sin tids absolut bästa wagnersångerskor, tog däremot tidigt avstånd från nazismen. Därför förnyade hon inte sitt kontrakt med Berlinoperan 1934. När nazisterna sedan också tog makten i Österrike och började avskeda judiska medarbetare, bröt hon sitt kontrakt med Wienoperan och reste till USA.

Hon var en del av den fasta ensemblen vid Metropolitan i New York 1938 till 1950. Hon debuterade som Fricka i Wagners Valkyrian i december 1936 och avslutade sin Metropolitan sejour  som herodias i Strauss Salome i februari 1950.I USA kallades hon populärt för ”altarnas Caruso”. Hon sågs som en av sin tids främsta Wagner-sångerskor och gjorde roller som Venus i Tannhäuser, Fricka och Kundry, men sjöng även med förkärlek Verdi och den särskilda älsklingsrollen Orfeus i Christoph Willibald Glucks Orfeus och Eurydike. Sammanlagt medverkade hon i 355 föreställningar.

1950 avslutade Thorborg sin sångarkarriär och bosatte sig i sitt hus i Hedemora i södra Dalarna. Hennes grav finns på Hedemora kyrkogård.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:120000 
Die Walküre {282}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1936
Opening Night {52}
Edward Johnson, General Manager
Debuts: Kerstin Thorborg, Irene Jessner
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120020
Tristan und Isolde {241}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1936
Debut: Karl Laufkötter
[Met Performance] CID:120100
Die Walküre {283}
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, Brooklyn; 12/29/1936
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120150
Tristan und Isolde {242}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1937
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120210
Der Fliegende Holländer {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120230
Die Walküre {284}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1937
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:120260
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1937
[Met Performance] CID:120310
Der Fliegende Holländer {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1937
[Met Performance] CID:120330
Die Walküre {285}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1937
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120380
Tristan und Isolde {243}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1937
[Met Performance] CID:120410
Siegfried {170}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120450 
Tannhäuser {294}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120470
Die Walküre {286}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/26/1937
[Met Performance] CID:120520 
Siegfried {171}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1937
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:120550
Tristan und Isolde {244}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1937
[Met Performance] CID:120570
Die Walküre {287}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1937
Debut: Gertrud Rünger
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122000
Tristan und Isolde {251}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/1937
Opening Night {53}
Edward Johnson, General Manager
[Met Performance] CID:122020
Der Rosenkavalier {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122040
Siegfried {175}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1937
Debuts: Carl Hartmann, Adolf Vogel, Marita Farell
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122110
Tannhäuser {296}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122120
Tristan und Isolde {252}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122190
Siegfried {176}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122220
Die Walküre {292}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1937
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122250
Der Rosenkavalier {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122280
Tristan und Isolde {254}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122340
Tannhäuser {297}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122360
Die Walküre {293}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122390
Der Rosenkavalier {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122440
Tristan und Isolde {255}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1938
[Met Performance] CID:122470  
Gianni Schicchi {32}
Elektra {7}

Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1938
Debuts: James Demers, Rose Pauly
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:122510
Die Walküre {294}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1938
[Met Performance] CID:122550
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {215}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1938
[Met Performance] CID:122620
Gianni Schicchi {33} Elektra {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122650 
Die Walküre {295}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/1938
Debut: Erich Leinsdorf
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:122700
Gianni Schicchi {34} Elektra {9}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/25/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122720
Der Rosenkavalier {60}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1938
[Met Performance] CID:122780
Gianni Schicchi {35} Elektra {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/1938
[Met Performance] CID:122830
Der Rosenkavalier {61}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1938
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:122870
Tannhäuser {300}
Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut; 02/8/1938
[Met Performance] CID:124020
Die Walküre {300}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1938
Debut: Hans Hermann Nissen
[Met Performance] CID:124060
New production
Orfeo ed Euridice {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1938
Debuts: Felia Dubrovska, Grant Mouradoff, Harry Horner, Frank Bevan
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124090
Siegfried {181}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/28/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124120
Tannhäuser {304}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1938
Debuts: George Chaffee, Doris Neal, Ruth Harris
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:124130
Tristan und Isolde {263}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124180
Orfeo ed Euridice {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124200
Lohengrin {424}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124270
Götterdämmerung {134}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124300
Tristan und Isolde {264}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1938
[Met Performance] CID:124320
Orfeo ed Euridice {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/1938
[Met Performance] CID:124370
Die Walküre {301}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1938
[Met Performance] CID:124380
Orfeo ed Euridice {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124410
Tristan und Isolde {265}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1938
[Met Performance] CID:124480
Siegfried {183}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1938
[Met Performance] CID:124570
Das Rheingold {80} Ring Cycle [64]
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/3/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124580
Tannhäuser {306}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1939
[Met Performance] CID:124600
Tristan und Isolde {266}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/6/1939
[Met Performance] CID:124660
Die Walküre {302} Ring Cycle [64]
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/10/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124670
Elektra {12} Amelia Goes to the Ball {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124770
Elektra {13} Amelia Goes to the Ball {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1939
[Met Performance] CID:124850
Orfeo ed Euridice {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1939
[Met Performance] CID:124910
Amelia Goes to the Ball {7} Elektra {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1939
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:124990
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125190
Das Rheingold {82} Ring Cycle [66]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125260
Tannhäuser {310}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125340
Götterdämmerung {136} Ring Cycle [65] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:125400 
Boris Godunov {88}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1939
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:125450
Boris Godunov {89}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125500
Die Walküre {306}
Baltimore, Maryland; 03/14/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125530
Tristan und Isolde {270}
Boston, Massachusetts; 03/17/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125550
Lohengrin {430}
Boston, Massachusetts; 03/18/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125560
Die Walküre {307}
Boston, Massachusetts; 03/20/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125580
Tristan und Isolde {271}
Boston, Massachusetts; 03/22/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125600
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {220}
Boston, Massachusetts; 03/23/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125620
Tannhäuser {311}
Boston, Massachusetts; 03/25/1939
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:125660
Die Walküre {308}
Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 03/29/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125690
Lohengrin {431}
Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 03/31/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125770
Tristan und Isolde {272}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/8/1939
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:125800
Tannhäuser {312}
Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas; 04/12/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:125850
Lohengrin {432}
New Orleans, Louisiana; 04/15/1939
[Met Performance] CID:125860
Lohengrin {433}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/2/1939
New York World’s Fair Season
Review
[Met Performance] CID:125880
Das Rheingold {83} Ring Cycle [67]
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/6/1939
New York World’s Fair Season
[Met Performance] CID:125890
Die Walküre {309} Ring Cycle [67]
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/8/1939
New York World’s Fair Season
[Met Performance] CID:125900
Siegfried {187} Ring Cycle [67]
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/1939
New York World’s Fair Season
[Met Performance] CID:125910
Götterdämmerung {138} Ring Cycle [67]
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/12/1939
New York World’s Fair Season
Broadcast (Prologue only)
[Met Performance] CID:125920
Tristan und Isolde {273}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/15/1939
New York World’s Fair Season
[Met Performance] CID:127010
Boris Godunov {90}
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 11/28/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127020
Orfeo ed Euridice {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/1939
Debut: Annamary Dickey
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127050
Boris Godunov {91}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127130
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {223}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127140
Boris Godunov {92}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1939
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:127180
Orfeo ed Euridice {46}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/12/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127200
Der Fliegende Holländer {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127260
Boris Godunov {93}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1939
[Met Performance] CID:127290
Tristan und Isolde {275}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127310
Der Fliegende Holländer {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127350
Tristan und Isolde {276}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/26/1939
Debut: Anthony Marlowe
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127380 
Die Walküre {311}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1939
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:127440
Tristan und Isolde {277}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127530
Der Fliegende Holländer {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127550
Boris Godunov {94}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127560
Tristan und Isolde {278}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127680
Orfeo ed Euridice {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1940
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:127770
Lohengrin {436}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1940
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:127790
Grand Sunday Night Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127800
Die Walküre {313}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127840
Das Rheingold {84} Ring Cycle [68] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/2/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127890
Orfeo ed Euridice {48}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127920
Die Walküre {314} Ring Cycle [68] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/8/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128020
Tannhäuser {315}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128070
Götterdämmerung {140} Ring Cycle [68] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128150
Das Rheingold {85} Ring Cycle [69]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1940
[Met Performance] CID:128210
Tristan und Isolde {280}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/29/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128310
Tannhäuser {316}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128370
Der Fliegende Holländer {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1940
[Met Performance] CID:128490
Tristan und Isolde {282}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1940
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:128520
Die Walküre {317}
Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York; 03/25/1940
Debut: Winifred Heidt
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128570
Die Walküre {318}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/30/1940
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:128590
Tristan und Isolde {283}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/1/1940
Debut: Edwin McArthur
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128630
Boris Godunov {95}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/4/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128680
Tannhäuser {317}
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/9/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128720
Tristan und Isolde {284}
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/12/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128760
Die Walküre {319}
Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas; 04/16/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128800
Tannhäuser {318}
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana; 04/19/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128850
Tannhäuser {319}
Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia; 04/24/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130000
New production
Un Ballo in Maschera {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1940
Opening Night {56}
Edward Johnson, General Manager
Debuts: Alexander Sved, Mary Smith, Mstislav Dobujinsky
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:130180
Un Ballo in Maschera {25}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/17/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130240
Un Ballo in Maschera {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1940
[Met Performance] CID:130300
Tristan und Isolde {287}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1940
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:130330
Grand Sunday Night Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1940
[Met Performance] CID:130370
Die Walküre {323}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130400
Tannhäuser {320}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1941
Broadcast
Debut: Helen Longacre
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130450
Un Ballo in Maschera {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1941
[Met Performance] CID:130550
Aida {443}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130600
Siegfried {192}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130700
Götterdämmerung {143}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130770
Tristan und Isolde {288}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 02/4/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130790
Tannhäuser {323}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1941
[Met Performance] CID:130800
Das Rheingold {86} Ring Cycle [70] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130820
Tristan und Isolde {289}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/8/1941
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:130860
Die Walküre {324} Ring Cycle [70] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1941
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:130920
Grand Sunday Night Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/1941
[Met Performance] CID:130930
Tristan und Isolde {290}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131010
Aida {444}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1941
[Met Performance] CID:131040
Götterdämmerung {144} Ring Cycle [70] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1941
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:131110
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/2/1941
[Met Performance] CID:131150
Götterdämmerung {145}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/6/1941
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:131280
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1941
[Met Performance] CID:131330
Lohengrin {443}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1941
[Met Performance] CID:131430
Tannhäuser {324}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/28/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131480
Tristan und Isolde {292}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/2/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131510
Lohengrin {444}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/4/1941
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:131560
Tristan und Isolde {293}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131580
Tristan und Isolde {294}
Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/15/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131600
Die Walküre {325}
Cleveland, Ohio; 04/17/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131740
Lohengrin {445}
Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia; 04/30/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132020
Orfeo ed Euridice {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1941
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:132070
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1941
[Met Performance] CID:132080
Tannhäuser {326}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132140   
Die Walküre {326}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1941
Debuts: Astrid Varnay, Mary Van Kirk, Maria Van Delden
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132170
Orfeo ed Euridice {50}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1941
[Met Performance] CID:132220
Die Walküre {327}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1941
[Met Performance] CID:132320
Tannhäuser {327}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1941
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:132330
Grand Sunday Night Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1941
[Met Performance] CID:132370
Orfeo ed Euridice {51}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/25/1941
[Met Performance] CID:132430
Aida {447}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1941
[Met Performance] CID:132550
Lohengrin {446}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1942
Debut: Lothar Wallerstein
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:132640
Lohengrin {447}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/17/1942
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:132700
Das Rheingold {87} Ring Cycle [71] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1942
Debut: Osie Hawkins
[Met Performance] CID:132720
Tannhäuser {328}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/23/1942
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:132750
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1942
[Met Performance] CID:132770
American Red Cross Festival Performance
Phoebus and Pan {3}

Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132780
Die Walküre {328} Ring Cycle [71] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132860
Lohengrin {449}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 02/3/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132900
Samson et Dalila {71}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132960
Götterdämmerung {147} Ring Cycle [71] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132990
Tannhäuser {329}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1942
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:133030
Götterdämmerung {148}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 02/17/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133130
Parsifal {152}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133210
Tannhäuser {330}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/5/1942
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:133250
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1942
[Met Performance] CID:133320
Lohengrin {452}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1942
[Met Performance] CID:133370
Lohengrin {453}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/19/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133410
Orfeo ed Euridice {52}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/23/1942
Debut: Janet Murray
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133420
Die Walküre {329}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/24/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133490
Parsifal {153}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/1/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133500
Parsifal {154}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/3/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133520
Lohengrin {454}
Cleveland Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/7/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:134020
Götterdämmerung {150}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/1942
Debuts: Margaret Harshaw, Doris Doree
Review
[Met Performance] CID:134100
Tristan und Isolde {295}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1942
Reviews
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:134130
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1942
[Met Performance] CID:134150
Tristan und Isolde {296}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/8/1942
[Met Performance] CID:134170
Götterdämmerung {151}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1942
[Met Performance] CID:134260
Tannhäuser {331}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/1942
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:134370
Boris Godunov {96}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:134410
Lohengrin {455}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1943
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:134510
Boris Godunov {97}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134520
Lohengrin {456}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134600
Boris Godunov {98}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/19/1943
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:134740
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134800 Opera News 1 Opera News 2 Opera News 3
Tristan und Isolde {298}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1943
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:134820
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134840
Das Rheingold {88} Ring Cycle [72] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134880
Boris Godunov {99}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1943
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:134920
Die Walküre {330} Ring Cycle [72] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134950
Boris Godunov {100}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/1943
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:134980
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/1943
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:135130
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1943
[Met Performance] CID:135150
Götterdämmerung {152} Ring Cycle [72] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/9/1943
[Met Performance] CID:135200
Il Trovatore {217}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/1943
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:135220
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1943
[Met Performance] CID:135230
Aida {461}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1943
[Met Performance] CID:135380
Tristan und Isolde {299}
Chicago Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 03/31/1943
Review
[Met Performance] CID:135400
Boris Godunov {101}
Chicago Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 04/2/1943
[Met Performance] CID:135540
Parsifal {155}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 04/20/1943
[Met Performance] CID:135560
Parsifal {157}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/23/1943
[Met Performance] CID:136000
Boris Godunov {102}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1943
Opening Night {59}
Edward Johnson, General Manager
Debut: Thelma Altman
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:136020
Tristan und Isolde {300}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/1943
Review
[Met Performance] CID:136110
Boris Godunov {103}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1943
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:136150
Die Walküre {334}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/7/1943
Debut: Christine Johnson
[Met Performance] CID:136180
Tristan und Isolde {301}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1943
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:136240
Un Ballo in Maschera {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1943
Debut: Dorothy Singer, Aubrey Hitchins, Shirley Weaver, Robert Armstrong, Sidney Stambaugh
Review
[Met Performance] CID:136410
Boris Godunov {104}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1944
[Met Performance] CID:136430
Un Ballo in Maschera {31}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/4/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:136450
Tristan und Isolde {302}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1944
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:136480
Gala Sunday Night Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1944
[Met Performance] CID:136530
Un Ballo in Maschera {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1944
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:136560
Tristan und Isolde {303}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/17/1944
[Met Performance] CID:136650
Un Ballo in Maschera {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1944
[Met Performance] CID:136790 
Das Rheingold {89} Ring Cycle [73] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/8/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:136870
Die Walküre {336} Ring Cycle [73] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:136940
Siegfried {197} Ring Cycle [73] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137030
Götterdämmerung {153} Ring Cycle [73] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/29/1944
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:137170 
Tristan und Isolde {305}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137220
Das Rheingold {90} Ring Cycle [74]
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137260
Aida {467}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137290
Die Walküre {337} Ring Cycle [74]
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137320
Verdi Requiem Mass {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137340
Il Trovatore {222}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137380
Siegfried {198} Ring Cycle [74]
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/1/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137400
Parsifal {160}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 04/4/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137440
Parsifal {161}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137470
Götterdämmerung {154} Ring Cycle [74]
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/8/1944
[Met Performance] CID:137480
Un Ballo in Maschera {35}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/10/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137530
Aida {469}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/14/1944
Debut: Natasha Tzvetcova
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137560
Tristan und Isolde {306}
Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 04/17/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137610
Un Ballo in Maschera {36}
Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 04/22/1944
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:137640
Parsifal {162}
Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 04/25/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138050  Opera News
Die Walküre {338}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1944
Debuts: Beal Hober, Jeanne Palmer
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138080
Tristan und Isolde {308}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138120
Götterdämmerung {155}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138190
Aida {472}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1944
Debut: Lorraine Ammerman
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:138250
Lohengrin {459}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1944
Debuts: Morton Bowe, William Hargrave
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138280
Tristan und Isolde {309}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1944
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:138390
Lohengrin {460}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/2/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138490
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {228}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1945
Debut: Julius Dove
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138530
Lohengrin {461}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138560
Die Walküre {340}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138640
Lohengrin {462}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1945
[Met Performance] CID:138700
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {229}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/30/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138730
Das Rheingold {91} Ring Cycle [75] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/2/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138770
Die Walküre {341} Ring Cycle [75] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1945
[Met Performance] CID:138810
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {230}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1945
Broadcast (Partial)
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138850
Siegfried {199} Ring Cycle [75] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138930
Götterdämmerung {156} Ring Cycle [75] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138970
Lohengrin {463}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1945
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:138990
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {231}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139210
Die Walküre {342} Ring Cycle [76]
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1945
[Met Performance] CID:139260
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {232}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/1945
[Met Performance] CID:139300
Siegfried {200} Ring Cycle [76]
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1945
[Met Performance] CID:139340
Parsifal {163}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139360
Parsifal {164}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1945
[Met Performance] CID:139390
Götterdämmerung {158} Ring Cycle [76]
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/1945
[Met Performance] CID:139410
Tristan und Isolde {312}
Lyric Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland; 04/3/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139440
Tristan und Isolde {313}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/6/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139480
Parsifal {165}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/10/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139520
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {233}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/13/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139560
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {234}
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/17/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139640
Tristan und Isolde {314}
Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 04/24/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139710
Lohengrin {465}
Chicago, Illinois; 05/1/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:139740
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {235}
Chicago Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 05/4/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140010
Lohengrin {466}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1945
Opening Night {61}
Edward Johnson, General Manager
Debuts: Torsten Ralf, Fritz Busch
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140100
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {236}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1945
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:140130
Lohengrin {467}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1945
[Met Performance] CID:140200
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {237}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1945
Broadcast (Partial)
[Met Performance] CID:140280
Lohengrin {468}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1945
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140420
Lohengrin {469}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1946
[Met Performance] CID:140480
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {238}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1946
Debut: Joel Berglund
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140660
Die Walküre {345}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1946
[Met Performance] CID:140750
Tristan und Isolde {315}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/2/1946
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140790
Die Walküre {346}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 02/5/1946
[Met Performance] CID:140840
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {239}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140850
Götterdämmerung {159}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/11/1946
[Met Performance] CID:140870
Tristan und Isolde {316}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1946
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:140910
Gala Performance
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1946
Lauritz Melchior’s 20th Anniversary
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:141010
Tannhäuser {349}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141090
Parsifal {166}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/6/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141110
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {240}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141160
Götterdämmerung {160}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141210
Tristan und Isolde {317}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141260
Parsifal {167}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141310
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {241}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/26/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141320
Götterdämmerung {161}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141360
Die Walküre {347}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1946
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:141390
Tannhäuser {351}
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland; 04/2/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141460
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {242}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/9/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141490
Un Ballo in Maschera {42}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/11/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141500
Die Walküre {348}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/12/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141540
Parsifal {168}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 04/16/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141570
Parsifal {169}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141620
Tannhäuser {353}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/23/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141700
Tannhäuser {354}
Bloomington, Indiana; 04/29/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141720
Tannhäuser {355}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/2/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141770
Tannhäuser {356}
Chicago, Illinois; 05/6/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141810
Die Walküre {349}
Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 05/10/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141840
Tannhäuser {357}
Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri; 05/13/1946
NewReview
[Met Performance] CID:146630
New production
Das Rheingold {93} Ring Cycle [77] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1948
Debut: Lee Simonson
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:146700
New production
Die Walküre {355} Ring Cycle [77] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146790
New production
Siegfried {206} Ring Cycle [77 Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146830
Die Walküre {356}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1948
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:146870
New production
Götterdämmerung {162} Ring Cycle [77] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1948
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:146970
Das Rheingold {94} Ring Cycle [78] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:147020
Die Walküre {357} Ring Cycle [78] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147120
Siegfried {207} Ring Cycle [78] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147140
Tristan und Isolde {328}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147190
Götterdämmerung {163} Ring Cycle [78] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147270
Die Walküre {358}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/2/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:147350
Parsifal {173}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:147400
Tristan und Isolde {329}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147460
Siegfried {208}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/19/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147510
Parsifal {174}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/23/1948
[Met Performance] CID:149440
Die Walküre {361}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1949
[Met Performance] CID:149490
Siegfried {209}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149540
Götterdämmerung {167}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149630
Siegfried {210}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149660
Die Walküre {362}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1949
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:149720 
Gianni Schicchi {40}
Salome {25}

Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1949
Debuts: Ljuba Welitsch, Fritz Reiner, Reginald Tonry Jr.
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149750
Tristan und Isolde {335}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149820
Gianni Schicchi {41}
Salome {26}

Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1949
[Met Performance] CID:149850
Die Walküre {363}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1949
[Met Performance] CID:149930
Gianni Schicchi {42}
Salome {27}

Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1949
Debut: Frank Murray
[Met Performance] CID:149990
Gianni Schicchi {43}
Salome {28}

American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/1/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150020
Götterdämmerung {168}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150120
Gianni Schicchi {45}
Salome {30}

Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1949
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:150240
Gianni Schicchi {46}
Salome {31}

Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/24/1949
[Met Performance] CID:152550
Die Walküre {366}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152660
Gianni Schicchi {47}
Salome {32}

Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1950
Debut: Paul Schöffler
Review
[Met Performance] CID:152700
Aida {517}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152720
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {255}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/31/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152780
Gianni Schicchi {48}
Salome {33}

Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152810
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {256}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/8/1950

In English

Kerstin Thorborg (May 19, 1896 – April 12, 1970)

Born in Venjan, Sweden, the contralto Kerstin Thorborg was one of the best dramatic Wagnerian singers in the two decades between 1930 and 1950. She made her debut in 1924 singing the difficult role of Ortrud in Lohengrin. Eight years later, the famed conductor Bruno Walter engaged her for the Städtische Oper in Berlin and became her mentor. Although a contralto, Thorborg’s upper register was so secure that she sang numerous mezzo-soprano roles, including Venus, Kundry, Fricka, Waltraute, and Magdalena.

She was especially known for her searingly beautiful Brangäne, which fortunately was preserved on record. She also appears to wonderful advantage in the live recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, with Charles Kullmann, under Bruno Walter, at the Vienna Musikverein in 1936. In 1938, to escape the Nazis, she made her home in the United States, singing various roles at the Met. She returned to her native Sweden in 1950, after her retirement.

By all accounts, Thorborg was a magnificent actor with great stage presence. In addition, she was endowed with a beautifully steady and intense tone.

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