This year we want to share a little archival Advent calender! Everyday we will share small articles, fun stories and lovely photos from our archive. Today we start with this great collection of headlines regarding our Kirsten Flagstad!
On day two in our Archive advent calendar we want to share a photo of Kirsten Flagstads Walk of Fame star! Did you know that only two Norwegians are honoured with a star in Hollywood? Kirsten Flagstad and Sonja Henie! Have you ever seen it?
Our archival advent calendar number 3! On the 3rd of December 1931 Kirsten made her debut as Dorota in Schwanda an opera by Jaromír Weinberger at Stora Teatern in Göteborg. Here she is with fellow Norwegian Ola Isene as Schwanda.
On day 4 of our archival advent calendar we wanted to share this lovely photo of mother and daughter and an article where Kirsten talks about what her wishes are for Else Marie. We know Kirsten missed her family so much when she was in America and that was especially true during the holidays. This article is from the magazine Parents and came out in December 1936!
Day 5 of our calendar! An article from The New York Times dates December 5th 1937 headlining all the Mink and Ermine at the opening of the Metropolitan Opera season!
Some of the great joys of the Christmas season is the peace and quiet! We have extra time to be together with loved ones, relax and enjoy the festivities. So today in our archive advent calendar we want to share what Kirsten’s December looked like in 1926: 1,2,3,5 (Die Zirkusprinsessin) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15,16, 17 (Margarete in Faust) 19 (both) 23 (F) 26 (both) 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 (F). This does not sound like much of a relaxing holiday! But she was a great success!
On day 7 in our calendar we look back to 1962. Kirsten Flagstad passed away on december 7th at a hospital in Oslo. The funeral was for family and close friends and by her own request we do not know the exact burial place. This article is one of many we want to share that was written about her in the news the following day.
16 days until Christmas! On our 8th day we share a photo of the Wm. Knabe & Co anniversary coin featuring Kirsten’s likeness. After Kirsten’s incredible debut she became an ambassador for Knabe. During the 1930s Knabe, a highly respected piano manufacturer based in Baltimore, was “The Official Piano of The Metropolitan Opera”.
Day 9: This lovely photo from our archive showing Kirsten Flagstad presenting a Christmas gift to a little girl to mark the The Metropolitan Opera benefit performance the Free Milk Fund for Babies.
Day 10 of our calendar! On December 10th 1934 Kirsten made her debut in Beethoven's beautiful opera Fidelio at Stora Teatern. The role would become one of her favourites. Do not forget to listen to some Beethoven on December 16th, perhaps Fidelio!
On This Day December 11th 1935 Kirsten made her Carnegie Hall debut. All in all she graced that stage 34 times. The memorial plaque put up there in her honour is still there.
On this day in 1913 Kirsten made her debut at the Nationaltheatret in Oslo. She was 18 and not planning on pursuing a career in music. The role was Nuri in Eugen d'Alberts Tiefland. On the exact same day, on the same stage, 40 years later she made her official farwell performance.
Kirsten with her knitting. Many people found it strange that this primadonna would sit down during intermission to knit socks for her friends. Kirsten always liked to keep busy whether it was between performances, on the road or at home. This beautiful jumper and hat she made for her little grandson Sigurd.
Day 14 in our archival advent calendar! Christmas is getting close and perhaps many of you already have a beautiful Amaryllis ready to spring open in time for the big day. Kirsten loved flowers. Here she is standing next to the Amaryllis that was named after her. In the article she "Calls this honour greatest of all".
We are already on day 15! Here is a lovely photo of The Flagstad family around their Christmas table. You can barely make out Kirsten at the center of the photo.
Kirsten loved winter activites. Her grandfather was the first to patent a skate where the shoe was attached and Kirsten was better than all the boys in the neighbourhood at ski jumping. In the winter she skiied as much as she could. How do you think this could have helped her in her singing?
On day 17 we would lake to share a review of the museum that was shared as a part of Klassekampen Christmas calendar 5 years ago. It's in norwegian, and we talk about being a museum and how to show our audience the person and star Kirsten Flagstad
Sunday, dec 18th, 1938. The Bohemians celebrated the 25th anniversary of Kirsten's debut. Here you can see the wonderful menu and program from that evening.
In December 1956, Kirsten made this lovely table runner in time for Christmas. She marked it with the year and her initials KF. Don't you wish you had this for your Christmas table?
Only 4 more days until Christmas! Here is a lovely clip from our archive of Children from Henry Street Settlement Music School singing "Yuletide Carols for Kirsten Flagstad"
As a young girl, Kirsten sang at a prison a few days before christmas.. She speaks of this meaningful experience in "The Flagstad Manuscript".
Only 2 days to go! Here is a fun newspaperarticle from our archive. Lauritz Melchior (The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition) and KIRSTEN FLAGSTAD talk about how they Operate their Opulent voices! What do you think? Is this dynamic duo Well-Known Opera Singers Past and Present. or FORGOTTEN OPERA SINGERS?
December 23rd 1935, Kirsten's first year at The Metropolitan Opera was coming to a close. On that day TIME magazine put Kirsten on the cover. How many other Norwegians have graced that cover?
Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy this beautiful Silent Night from the Ford Hour Broadcast.