Torsten Ralf tenor 1901-1954

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Torsten Ivar Ralf, född 2 januari 1901 i Malmö, död 27 april 1954, var en svensk operasångare (tenor) Ralf studerade sång vid Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och i Berlin. 1930 debuterade han på operan i Stettin. Förutom vid Operan i Stockholm var han verksam i Tyskland, England, Italien och USA.

Torsten Ralf tenor 1901-1954

Han  debuterade på Metropolitan 26 november 1945 som Lohengrin och där Kerstin Thorborg sjöng Ortruds parti.Han avslutade sin sejour som Walther von Stolzing i Mästersångarna i januari 1948. Han medverkade i sammanlagt 52 föreställningar.

Han utnämndes till hovsångare 1952. Ralf är begravd på Skogskyrkogården i Stockholm.

Torsten Ralf var bror till Oscar och Einar Ralf.

Metropolitan Opera

[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:140130
Lohengrin {467}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1945
[Met Performance] CID:140240
Tannhäuser {346}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/18/1945
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140840
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {239}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:140970
Otello {83}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1946
Broadcast
[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:141140
Otello {84}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141220
Otello {85}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/19/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141280
Tannhäuser {350}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141310
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {241}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/26/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141350
Otello {86}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/29/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141390
Tannhäuser {351}
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland; 04/2/1946
[Met Performance] CID:141410
Tannhäuser {352}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/4/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:141460
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {242}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/9/1946
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:143050
Otello {87}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/1946
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:143100
Otello {88}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1946
[Met Performance] CID:143240
Die Walküre {350}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1946
[Met Performance] CID:143450 
Lohengrin {470}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:143620
Otello {90}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:143680
Lohengrin {471}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1947
[Met Performance] CID:143720 
Die Walküre {352}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/17/1947
Debut: Mihály Székely
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144030
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {244}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144090
Otello {91}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144110
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {245}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144190
Tristan und Isolde {323}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 03/4/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144280
Parsifal {170}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144450
Otello {93}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/28/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144660
Lohengrin {477}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 04/18/1947
[Met Performance] CID:144800
Lohengrin {478}
Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas; 05/2/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:144920
Lohengrin {479}
St. Louis, Missouri; 05/14/1947
[Met Performance] CID:146040
Tannhäuser {358}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146120
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {246}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/21/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146160
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {247}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 11/25/1947
[Met Performance] CID:146200
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {248}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/1947
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146260
Aida {498}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1947
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:146350
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {249}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/13/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146510
Tannhäuser {360}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1947
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146540
Aida {499}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1947
[Met Performance] CID:146690
Aida {500}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1948
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146730
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {250}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1948
Review

In English

Torsten Ralf (January 2, 1901 – April 27, 1954), was a Swedish operatic tenor, particularly associated with Wagner and Strauss roles, one of the leading dramatic tenors of the inter-war period.

Ralf was born in Malmö. He began his vocal studies in Stockholm with Haldis Ingebjart and John Forsell, and later studied in Berlin with Hertha Dehmlow. He made his debut in 1930, as Cavaradossi in Stettin. After singing in Chemnitz (1931–33) and Frankfurt (1933-35), he joined the Staatsoper Dresden in 1935. He also appeared regularly at the Munich State Opera and the Vienna State Opera, establishing himself in roles such as Florestan, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Stolzing, Siegmund, Tristan, Parsifal, Bacchus, but also Radames, Otello.

He created Apollo in Strauss’s Daphne in 1938, and Heinrich Sutermeister’s Die Zauberinsel in 1942.

Ralf made guest appearances at the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. During the war, Ralf sang with the Berlin State Opera and the Stockholm Opera. He made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1945, as Lohengrin under the baton of Fritz Busch, he sang at the Met for three seasons.

In 1952 he received the title of Court Opera Singer in Sweden. Ralf died unexpectedly in Stockholm in 1954, but several recordings survive, notably his excerpts of Lohengrin with Tiana Lemnitz as Elsa, Tristan with Helen Traubel as Isolde, as well as scenes from Die Frau ohne Schatten with Hilde Konetzni.

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