V0179. FRIDA LEIDER: Songs by Schubert, Schumann & Wagner; Arias from Don Giovanni, Armide, Fidelio, Oberon, Il Trovatore, Don Carlos, Aïda, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan, Rienzi, Der Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Die Walküre & Götterdämmerung. (Canada) 2-Naxos 8.110744/45, recorded 1921-43. Transfers by Ward Marston. Final Sealed Copy! - 636943174425
“I suspect one would have to go back to Lilli Lehmann to find another soprano who has delivered the music with such perfection of phrasing and shading, so sure a sense of design, such subtlety and such nobility of expression, and so firm a control of her vocal resources.”
- Pitts Sanborn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 Feb., 1934
"The intensity of [Leider's] singing is unmistakeable at the great moments….a singer with presence, and one is aware of it, majestic and human throughout. Leider was an adored singer….”
- J. B. Steane, THE GRAND TRADITION, pp.240-41
"Frida Leider’s first engagements were in opera houses in Halle, Königsberg, and Rostock. After an engagement with the Hamburg State Opera in 1923, she was hired by the Berlin State Opera as first dramatic soprano. After her retirement from the stage in 1946, she remained there as the director and manager of a studio for the rising singers of the Berlin State Opera. Frida Leider made regular guest appearances for over 15 years at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, at the Metropolitan Opera, at La Scala, and at the State Operas of Vienna and Munich. She also made appearances at the Bayreuth Festival, where she was the unrivaled star soprano of the 1930's. In the 1920's she alternated Wagnerian roles with Florence Austral at Covent Garden and the two recorded large parts of the RING for HMV. Leider married the first concert master of the Berlin State Opera, Rudolf Deman."
- Ned Ludd