A Brünnhilde for the Ages
Saturday, March 27 at 4pm PST on Zoom
On-demand recording available to ticket holders 24 hours after airing
Opera in 1930s America was on the outs and its survival was in grave danger. But overnight, one woman saved the artform—Kirsten Flagstad.
Join writer Paul Thomason and Annika E. Engelhart, director of the Kirsten Flagstad Museum in Norway, for an in-depth look at this pivotal figure in opera with archival footage and recordings.
When Kirsten Flagstad made her sensational, historic Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre in 1935, audiences went wild. Suddenly she went from an unknown Norwegian singer to being on the cover of Time magazine. Whatever she sang, she was box office gold, and gave audiences memories that lasted a lifetime. Her miraculous performances prompted San Francisco Opera to take the enormous leap of presenting the company’s first-ever Ring cycle that autumn with Flagstad as Brünnhilde.