Göta Ljungberg


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(b Sundsvall, 4 Oct 1893; d Lidingö, nr Stockholm, 30 June 1955). Swedish soprano. She studied in Stockholm with Gillis Brand, then in Milan and Berlin, making her début in 1917 as Gutrune with the Swedish Royal Opera, where she was engaged until 1926 and was admired for her intelligence, appearance and acting ability. The sensational success of her Covent Garden début in 1924 as Sieglinde led to her engagement at the Berlin Staatsoper. Her later London roles were Salome, Kundry, Tosca, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) and the title role of Eugene Goossens's Judith, which she created (1929). At the Metropolitan (1932–5), she sang Salome and Richard Wagner heroines, and created Lady Marigold Sandys in Howard Hanson's Merry Mount (1934). Ljungberg was visually and vocally ideal as Salome, and her recording of the final scene of Richard Strauss's opera shows the vibrant, clear and sensuous quality of her voice. Her recordings of Sieglinde and Kundry reveal similar vocal and dramatic excitement. She retired in 1935.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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