(April 18, 1888 - June 4, 1975) was a German opera
Leider was one of the most important dramatic sopranos
of the 20th century. Her most famous roles were Wagner's Isolde
, Beethoven's Fidelio
, Mozart's Donna Anna
, and Verdi's Aida
. She made over 80 recordings, mainly for Polydor
Frida Leider was born at Berlin
, where she studied singing while working in a bank. Her first engagements led her to opera houses
, and Rostock
. After an engagement with the Hamburg State Opera
in 1923, she was hired by the Berlin State Opera
as first dramatic soprano. After her retirement from the stage in 1946, she remained there as the director and manager of a studio for the rising singers of the Berlin State Opera.
Frida Leider made regular guest appearances for over 15 years at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden
, at the Metropolitan Opera
in New York
, at La Scala
, and at the State Operas of Vienna
. Naturally, she also made appearances at the Bayreuth Festival
, where she was the unrivaled star soprano of the 1930s. In the 1920s she alternated Wagnerian roles with Florence Austral
at Covent Garden and the two recorded large parts of The Ring for HMV.
Leider married the first concert master of the Berlin State Opera, Prof. Rudolf Deman. The couple had no children. She died in her home city of Berlin.
Today the singer's estate is managed by the , which is located in......