V1027. SIGRID ARNOLDSON: Songs by Eckert, Ries, Gounod, etc.; Arias from Nozze, Don Giovanni, Barbiere, Faust, Mignon, Carmen, Manon, La Traviata, I Vespri Siciliani, Der Freischütz & Lohengrin. (England) Symposium 1342. Final Sealed Copy! - 760411342020
“Sigrid Arnoldson made her professional opera début in 1885 at the Prague National Theatre as Rosina in Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. The part became her calling card at a number of important houses, including her first and very successful appearances at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1886. That same year THE MUSICAL TIMES reported that Franz Liszt had predicted ‘a brilliant career’ for her.
Arnoldson made her London début in 1887 in the same role at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane along with Fernando de Lucia, Mattia Battistini and Edouard de Reszke….her success there was considerable, and she was engaged to sing at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in 1888 and again between 1892 and 1894.
She was engaged in 1890 by Max Strakosch for an American tour of some 60 concerts for the sum of 250,000 Francs. Her Barcelona début at the Liceu in 1891 was reported as being ‘most enthusiastically received’. She débuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Baucis in PHILÉMON ET BAUCIS in 1893.
In 1897 she was appearing with ‘immense success’ at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg in Italian opera. 1898 saw her giving a series of performances at the Berlin State Opera. As late as 1906 she achieved a ‘triumph’ at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in Anton Rubinstein's THE DEMON.
She also portrayed both Micaëla and the title heroine in Bizet's CARMEN. She sang the latter impersonation as a last-minute substitute for an indisposed Emma Calvé at Covent Garden in 1903. She had never sung the role before or ever intended to assail it onstage. She did, however, know the music, as she was accustomed to learning all the parts within the operas in which she sang.
By 1910 Arnoldson was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. She retired from the stage in 1911, after which she taught singing in Vienna for over 25 years. She moved to Stockholm in 1938 where she continued to teach up until her death in 1943.”