Set Svanholm tenor 1904 – 1964

Set Svanholm tenor och operachef

Svanholm blev först organist och folkskollärare och fortsatte sedan sina sångstudier för John Forsell. Han debuterade 1930 som Silvio i Pajazzo och sjöng barytonroller till 1936, då han övergick till tenorpartier, först och främst Wagners hjälteroller Siegmund och Siegfried, som han sjöng i Bayreuth 1943 och på La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, i Hamburg, på Metropolitan och många andra scener.

Set Svanholm tenor och operachef

Utöver dessa Wagnerroller sjöng han också bl.a. Tristan , Parsifal, Florestan i Fidelio, titelrollen i Idomeneo, Herodes i Salome och Laca i Jenufa. 1956-63 var han chef för Operan i Stockholm där han bl.a. tog initiativet till nyupsättningar av flera Wagneroperor. Hovsångare 1946.LMA 1953.

Set Karl Viktor Svanholm, född den 2 september 1904 i Västerås, död den 4 oktober 1964 i sitt hem i Saltsjö-Duvnäs,  var en svensk operasångare (tenor), kantor och operachef.

Svanholms föräldrar Viktor Svanholm och Beda Swanström var frikyrkopredikant respektive folkskollärare. Efter studentexamen 1922 och folkskollärarexamen 1926 studerade Svanholm på Musikkonservatoriet i Stockholm 1927–1929, bland annat solosång för John Forsell och han avlade kyrkosångar- och musiklärarexamen. Han blev därefter elev på Operaskolan 1930. Han verkade som folkskollärare och organist 1922–1929, som kantor i Jakobs kyrka i Stockholm 1929–1949, som lärare på Musikkonservatoriet 1930–1940 och som dirigent för Stockholms stifts kyrkosångförbund 1933–1943.

Svanholm debuterade som barytonsångare i rollen som Silvio i Pajazzo vid Stockholmsoperan 1930. Han övergick till tenorfacket 1936 i och med rollen som Radamés i Aida. Han var engagerad vid Stockholmsoperan mellan 1932 och 1963, vid Metropolitan i New York 1945–56 och gästspelade från 1938 bland annat i Wien, München, Berlin, Budapest, festspelen i Salzburg och Bayreuth, Milano, London samt Nord- och Sydamerika. Svanholm var under två decennier en internationellt ledande hjältetenor, främst i operor av Wagner och Verdi. Den sista rollen på Stockholmsoperan blev Manrico i Trubaduren hösten 1962 och det sista operagästspelet som Tristan i Tristan och Isolde i Düsseldorf våren 1963.

Svanholm efterträdde Joel Berglund som chef för Stockholmsoperan 1956 och innehade den befattningen till 1 juli 1963. Han var far till kördirigenten Eva Svanholm Bohlin och morfar till kördirigenten Ragnar Bohlin och operasångerskan Ingela Bohlin.

Set Svanholms minnesfond instiftades 1966, och utser stipendiater som gjort uppmärksammade operainsatser främst inom de tyngre rollfacken. 

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:143040 
Siegfried {201}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/15/1946
Debuts: Set Svanholm, Fritz Stiedry
[Met Performance] CID:143080
Tristan und Isolde {318}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1946
Debut: Dezsö Ernster
[Met Performance] CID:143190
Tristan und Isolde {319}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1946
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:143230
Aida {485}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1946
[Met Performance] CID:143320
Tristan und Isolde {320}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/13/1946
[Met Performance] CID:143350
Siegfried {202}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/1946
[Met Performance] CID:143410
Die Walküre {351}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:143480
Aida {486}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1946
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:143580
Tristan und Isolde {321}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1947
[Met Performance] CID:143600
Siegfried {203}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/7/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:143880
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {243}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144320
Aida {490}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144390
Aida {491}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/22/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144430
Lohengrin {475}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/26/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144500 
Parsifal {171}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/2/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144560
Lohengrin {476}
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/8/1947
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:146790
New production
Siegfried {206} Ring Cycle [77 Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146890
Tannhäuser {361}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:147190
Götterdämmerung {163} Ring Cycle [78] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147330
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {251}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:147370
Tannhäuser {365}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147460
Siegfried {208}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/19/1948
[Met Performance] CID:147530
Parsifal {175}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1948
Review
[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:149580
Tristan und Isolde {334}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149630
Siegfried {210}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149690
Siegfried {211}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 02/1/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149750
Tristan und Isolde {335}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1949
Review
[Met Performance] CID:149850
Die Walküre {363}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1949
[Met Performance] CID:149920
Tristan und Isolde {336}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1949
[Met Performance] CID:149980
Siegfried {212}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150020
Götterdämmerung {168}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150330
Tristan und Isolde {337}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/1/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150470
Parsifal {178}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150490
Parsifal {179}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/15/1949
[Met Performance] CID:150600
Aida {514}
Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas; 04/24/1949
[Met Performance] CID:152510
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {253}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1950
Review
[Met Performance] CID:152550
Die Walküre {366}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152580 
Lohengrin {482}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152600
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {254}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1950
[Met Performance] CID:152660
Gianni Schicchi {47}
Salome {32}

Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1950
Debut: Paul Schöffler
Review
[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
[Met Performance] CID:152860
Lohengrin {484}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153010
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {257}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153020 
Tosca {290}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1950
Review
[Met Performance] CID:153340
Die Walküre {369}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/29/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153390
Lohengrin {487}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/2/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153440
Parsifal {182}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153500
Lohengrin {488}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/13/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153550
Lohengrin {489}
Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, Indiana; 04/17/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153580
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {258}
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri; 04/20/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153630
Lohengrin {490}
Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia; 04/25/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153720
Lohengrin {491}
City Auditorium, Houston, Texas; 05/2/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153750
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {259}
Northrup Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/5/1950
[Met Performance] CID:153820
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {260}
Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 05/11/1950
[Met Performance] CID:155010 
New production
Der Fliegende Holländer {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/9/1950
Debut: Hans Hotter, Sven Nilsson, Charles Elson
Review
[Met Performance] CID:155040
Der Fliegende Holländer {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/1950
[Met Performance] CID:155100
Der Fliegende Holländer {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/1950
[Met Performance] CID:155140
Der Fliegende Holländer {48}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1950
Review
[Met Performance] CID:155360
Der Fliegende Holländer {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1950
[Met Performance] CID:155420 
New production
Die Fledermaus {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1950
Debuts: Jack Gilford, Eugene Ormandy, Garson Kanin
Review
[Met Performance] CID:155490
Die Fledermaus {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1950
[Met Performance] CID:155520  Opera News
Der Fliegende Holländer {50}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1950
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:155560
Der Fliegende Holländer {51}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1951
[Met Performance] CID:155580
Die Fledermaus {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1951
Debuts: Marguerite Piazza, Tibor Kozma
[Met Performance] CID:155690
Die Fledermaus {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1951
[Met Performance] CID:155810
Das Rheingold {95} Ring Cycle [79]
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1951
[Met Performance] CID:155840
Das Rheingold {96} Ring Cycle [80]
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1951
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:155900
Die Fledermaus {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/2/1951
[Met Performance] CID:155960
Siegfried {213} Ring Cycle [79]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156000
Siegfried {214} Ring Cycle [80]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1951
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:156030
Die Fledermaus {21}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156050
Götterdämmerung {169} Ring Cycle [79]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156080
Götterdämmerung {170} Ring Cycle [80]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1951
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:156130
Die Fledermaus {22}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156180
Die Fledermaus {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156210
Tristan und Isolde {347}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156250
Die Fledermaus {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/1951
Debut: Zachary Solov
[Met Performance] CID:156320  Opera News
Fidelio {75}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1951
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:156340
Siegfried {215}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156380
Fidelio {77}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156410
Fidelio {78}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156480
Die Fledermaus {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156490
Tristan und Isolde {349}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156710
Tristan und Isolde {350}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/15/1951
[Met Performance] CID:156770
Tristan und Isolde {351}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/20/1951
[Met Performance] CID:158280
Götterdämmerung {171}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/13/1951
Review
[Met Performance] CID:158330
Götterdämmerung {172}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1951
Review
[Met Performance] CID:158520
Götterdämmerung {173}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1952
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:158580
Gianni Schicchi {50} Salome {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1952
Debuts: Eugene Tonry, Elisabeth Höngen
[Met Performance] CID:158630
Gianni Schicchi {51} Salome {36}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/15/1952
[Met Performance] CID:158690
Gianni Schicchi {52} Salome {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1952
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:158720
Götterdämmerung {174}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:158740
Gianni Schicchi {53} Salome {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1952
[Met Performance] CID:158780
Gianni Schicchi {54} Salome {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/1952
[Met Performance] CID:158820
Götterdämmerung {175}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:158940
Die Fledermaus {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1952
[Met Performance] CID:158990
Elektra {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/1952
Debut: Walburga Wegner
Review
[Met Performance] CID:159050  Opera News
Elektra {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1952
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:159200
Elektra {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159220
Die Fledermaus {50}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159250
Elektra {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159330
Alceste {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:159340
Elektra {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159410
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {263}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159500
Parsifal {183}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:159570
Parsifal {185}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159650
Gianni Schicchi {56} Salome {41}
Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/18/1952
Debut: Gloria Lyons
[Met Performance] CID:159690
Gianni Schicchi {57} Salome {42}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/22/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159730
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {265}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/25/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161990
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {270}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1953
[Met Performance] CID:162230
Tristan und Isolde {353}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1953
[Met Performance] CID:162340
Tristan und Isolde {354}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1953
Broadcast
Performance interrupted for fund raising
[Met Performance] CID:162360
Parsifal {187}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1953
Review
[Met Performance] CID:162480
Parsifal {189}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/3/1953
[Met Performance] CID:162530
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {271}
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 04/7/1953
[Met Performance] CID:164800
Die Walküre {372}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1954
Debut: Mariquita Moll
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:164890
Die Walküre {373}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1954
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:164990
Die Walküre {374}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1954
Debut: Rosalind Elias
Review
[Met Performance] CID:165210
Die Walküre {375}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1954
[Met Performance] CID:165550
Parsifal {191}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/1954
Review
[Met Performance] CID:165560
Parsifal {192}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/1954
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:168150
Tristan und Isolde {358}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/1955
Debut: Albert Da Costa
Review
[Met Performance] CID:168190
Tannhäuser {378}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1955
[Met Performance] CID:168280
Tristan und Isolde {360}
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/15/1955
[Met Performance] CID:168300
Otello {116}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1955
Review
[Met Performance] CID:168330 Opera News
Tristan und Isolde {361}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1955
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:168720
Otello {117}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/22/1955
[Met Performance] CID:171340 Opera News
New production
Parsifal {195}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1956
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:171480
Parsifal {197}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/6/1956

Utmärkelser

  • Hovsångare 1946
  • Innehavare av det med anledning av Hans Majestät Konung Gustaf V:s 90-årsdag instiftade minnestecknet
  • Ledamot av Kungl Musikaliska Akademien 1953
  • Litteris et artibus 1957
  • Riddare av Nordstjärneorden
  • Riddare av Vasaorden
  • Officer av Ungerska Kronans orden.[3]

Diskografi (urval)

  • Set Svanholm och Kathleen Ferrier med Bruno Walther 1948 Das Lied von der Erde
  • Set Svanholm sings Wagner – Arias and scenes from Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Mästersångarna i Nürnberg, Valkyrian and Tristan och Isolde (RCA Orch; Frieder Weissmann, cond. & Philharmonia Orch; Karl Böhm, dir.) Preiser Records 89535
  • Wagner: Rhenguldet, den klassiska inspelningen av Georg Solti med George London. Svanholm sjunger här Loge.
  • Wagner: Valkyrian – Utdrag (Med Birgit Nilsson och Josef Greindl) Preiser Records 93447
  • Wagner: Valkyrian – akt 1 (Med Birgit Nilsson och Josef Greindl; Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt dir.) Bella Voce 107.010
  • Set Svanholm Live – Utdrag från Mästersångarna i Nürnberg (inspelad live vid Kungliga Operan, Stockholm, 1939; Nils Grevillius dir.), Aida (inspelad live vid Kungliga Operan, Stockholm, 1939; Leo Blech dir.), och Ragnarök (inspelad live vid Bayreuthfestspelen, 1942; Karl Elmendorff dir.) Preiser Records 90332
  • Siegfried i Wagners Götterdämmerung. Live, Bayreuth 1942. Dir. Karl Elmendorff. Music & Arts CD 1058 (4 CD).
  • Wagner in Stockholm. Inspelningar 1899-1970. Bluebell ABCD 091 (4 CD).
  • Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Med Elena Nikolaidi, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter dir.) Music & Arts 950.
  • Set Svanholm. Great Swedish singers. Bluebell ABCD 058.
  • Simson i Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila samt Énée i Berlioz Les Troyens. Caprice CAP 22054. Svens mediedatabas.
  • Radamès i Aida. Med Birgit Nilsson, Brita Hertzberg m. fl. Royal Swedish Opera Archives. Vol. 4. Caprice CAP 22055.

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