Swedes in America, 1638-1938

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Opera Singers

MARIE SUNDELIUS

Born in Sweden and brought to the United States at the age of nine, Mme Sundelius obtained her entire musical education from American teachers, except for coaching lessons with the prominent Swedish composer, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, in Stockholm, and Edmond Clement in Paris. At the Metropolitan Opera House she made her debut on November 25, 1916, in "Iphigenia auf Tauris," by Gluck. During the next fifteen years she was a leading soprano, appearing in such rôles as Marguerite in "Faust," Nedda in "Pagliacci.," Anna in "Lorelei," Jemmy in "William Tell," Mimi in "Bohème," Sophie in "Der Rosenkavalier," Juliette in "Romeo et Juliette," and Ah Yo in "L'oracolo." She has also sung at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and with all the leading American orchestras in concert and oratorio, besides at almost innumerable Swedish-American singing festivals. Personally she is one of the most beloved artists. At present she resides in Boston and in the summertime conducts a singing school in Harrison, Maine.

IN preparing a chapter on Swedish opera singers who have appeared from time to time in the United States, one's first thoughts naturally center on Jenny Lind, the most idolized, the most beloved of all the fine artists who made the name of Sweden honored and respected in America. She was the first great singer from Sweden--as a matter of fact, from any foreign country--to tour America; and the tremendous acclaim which greeted her started a personal cult which has not entirely died down, even today.

Several circumstances, no doubt, contributed to the monumental success of her American tour. First, her marvelous voice, her finished art, and her exquisite personality; second, the reports of her triumphs in Europe; third, the curiosity which America, at the time only slightly music-conscious, and unfamiliar with the art of great singing, felt in regard to this new sensation; and, fourth, but not least, the preparations made beforehand by her impressario, Phineas T. Barnum, "the greatest showman of them all."

Jenny Lind arrived in New York on September 1, 1850.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Swedish American Tercentenary Association ix
  • Editors' Preface xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Illustrations xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Colonists 5
  • Colonial Landmarks 35
  • The Swedish Language in America 52
  • Bibliography 72
  • Farmers 75
  • Pioneers of the Northwest 92
  • Geographical Distribution 107
  • Swedish Place Names in America 123
  • Religion 126
  • Charities and Self-Help 140
  • Colleges 154
  • Bibliography 180
  • Newspapers 181
  • Writers in Swedish 191
  • Magazines 206
  • Authors 209
  • Journalists 219
  • Translations of Swedish LIterature 237
  • Four Representatives of the Intellect Arrhenius, Berzelius, LInné, and Swedenborg 253
  • The New Church 279
  • Professors 282
  • Public School Educators 300
  • Lawyers 315
  • Public Officials 321
  • Doctors 338
  • Gymnastics 357
  • Sports and Sportsmen 366
  • Inventors 382
  • Engineers 407
  • Architects and Builders 416
  • Composers 435
  • Opera Singers 453
  • The American Union of Swedish Singers 469
  • Moving Picture Actors 473
  • Stage and Radio Performers 482
  • Painters and Sculptors 488
  • Soldiers and Sailors 506
  • Aviation 532
  • Manufacturers 551
  • Businessmen Gustaf Sundelius 572
  • Imports and Importers VIctor O. Freeburg 584
  • Index 599
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