Norwegian Women on Stamps
|KIRSTEN FLAGSTAD (1895-1962)
This outstanding opera soprano singer made her first record at the age of 19, and during 45
years she made about one thousand recordings. She was first singing only in Scandinavia,
but became world famous when she in 1935 joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She
received characteristics like "the voice of the century" and "the greatest
singer of all time". She is one of the most famous Wagnerian singers. The first stamp
shows her playing Isolde in "Tristan and Isolde", and on the second stamp Elsa
in "Lohengrin". Later she became the first director of Norway's National Opera.
In spite of her great success, she had not only a life of glamour. There were a difficult
time during the war, and she was also a wife and mother which was not easy to combine with
an artistic career.