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Astrid Varnay

  • Birth 25 Apr 1918 Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
  • Death 4 Sep 2006 Munich (München), Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Burial Fasangarten, Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Plot Grave Field 54, Urn Wall 5, Grave 170
  • Memorial ID 15627233

Opera Singer. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden. With her family, she moved to Argentina, then New York. She made her successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera on December 6, 1941 singing Sieglinde in Wagner's "Die Walküre." In 1948, she made her debut at Covent Garden and in 1951 in Florence as Lady Macbeth and also made her debut at Bayreuth. She sang at Bayreuth for the next seventeen years, and appeared regularly at the Metropolitan until 1956. In 1969, after a long career as soprano, she began a new career singing mezzo roles. She returned to the Metropolitan in 1974 and last appeared there in Weill's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" in 1979. Her last appearance on stage was in Munich in 1995. In 1998 she published her autobiography "Fifty-Five Years in Five Acts: My Life in Opera," written with Donald Arthur. In 2004, a documentary about her life and first New York career entitled "Never Before" received acclaim in the USA. She died in Munich, Germany.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 5 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15627233
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Astrid Varnay (25 Apr 1918–4 Sep 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15627233, citing Friedhof am Perlacher Forst, Fasangarten, Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.