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Frida Leider
Birth: Apr. 18, 1888
Berlin-Mitte, Germany
Death: Jun. 4, 1975
Berlin-Mitte, Germany

Opera Singer. She is remembered primarily for performing the dramatic soprano leads in the works of Richard Wagner. Raised in Berlin by a poor family, she took vocal training locally while working as a bank clerk and made her professional debut in 1915 at the Stadttheater, Halle, as Venus in Wagner's "Tannhauser". A period of refining her art followed at Rostock where she concentrated on Mozartian and Italian works; Leider then spent three years at Hamburg where she bowed as Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio", took the lead of Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", and sang the Wagnerian fare for which she was becoming known. Engaged as principal soprano at the Berlin State Opera in 1923, she performed there, and at Vienna, Paris, and Milan, and elsewhere, as most of Wagner's leading ladies including the title character of "Tristan und Isolde", Brunnhilde in "The Ring", and Kundry from "Parsifal", in other heavy roles such as Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" and Leonora from Verdi's "Il Trovatore", as well in some parts not considered 'dramatic', like Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and The Countess from the same composer's "The Marriage of Figaro". Isolde was to be the vehicle for Leider's 1924 debut at Covent Garden, London, while she was first seen at Bayreuth in 1928 as Brunnhilde and as Kundry. In America, she made her 1933 Metropolitan Opera, New York, bow as Isolde, and was heard at Chicago in her usual repertoire, as Rachel in Halevy's "La Juive", and as The Marschallin from Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier". Married to Jewish violinist Rudolf Demen, concert master of the Berlin State Opera, she was forced to flee in 1938, essentially ending her career. Able to return to Berlin after the war, she last sang in public in a concert at the Renaissance Theater on February 10, 1946; a professor at the Berlin Conservatory of Music from 1948 until 1958, she also directed several operatic productions. Leider wrote an autobiography, "Playing My Part", which was published in 1959; a portion of the roughly 80 recordings she made for HMV and Polydor remains available on CD. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Waldfriedhof Heerstrasse
Charlottenburg
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Berlin, Germany
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jun 25, 2010
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