from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Flagstad, Kirsten Malfrid 1895-1962. Norwegian operatic soprano known for her performances as Wagnerian heroines.


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  • (Mercury's planetary neighbor Venus, whose craters are named for notable women, actually probably has even more musicians on the list, from Francesca Caccini and Thekla Badarzewska to Kirstin Flagstad, Maria Callas, and Kathleen Ferrier to Patsy Cline and Josephine Baker.)

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  • I not an early music nerd (I don't like much before 1890, really), but I've always loved how totally wrong Kirstin Flagstad's recording of Gluck's Alceste is.

    Salvati dunque e scolpati

  • Flagstad never overstated the drama in her singing, which led some to deem her interpretations stately, even matronly-sounding.

    From EMI, a fine sampling of Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad

  • The overwhelming impression in these CDs -- which range in characteristic Flagstad repertoire from baroque arias to Norwegian songs to German lieder, alongside her signature Wagner roles -- is of an incomparable voice, used with scrupulous musicianship.

    From EMI, a fine sampling of Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad

  • Sure, Melchior and Flagstad sounded a lot like Melchior and Flagstad, but could no one tell Sabine Kalter and Margarete Klose apart?

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  • Heifetz doing Berlin's White Christmas (78 era) OR on film: Flagstad singing Walkure in the Big Broadcast of 1938.

    Salvati dunque e scolpati

  • She never really had the warm, human 'womanly,' too might be apropos aspects of someone like Flagstad or Varnay; still, catching her in 1958 reveals her not to have as much steel as she would later.

    Ac toto surget gens aurea mundo

  • Like the spring to combat whenever someone says, "I thought Flagstad overrated" or "Furtwängler wasn't that good."

    It's beginning to look a lot like Festspiele

  • I would recommend the EMI set of orchestral excerpts with the same forces at times, including the Götterdämmerung finale with Flagstad, if you want to hear many of these pieces.

    Another "important" record release

  • The problem, however, is that it is all available in better sound even if Flagstad isn't necessarily in better voice on other releases.

    Another "important" record release


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