Hempel, Frieda

SOPRANO (GERMANY)
BORN 26 Jun 1885, Leipzig - DIED 7 Oct 1955, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof Heerstrasse, Trahkener Allee 1, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Feld 1-12)

Frieda Hempel studied in Berlin and Leipzig. She debuted in 1905 and from 1907 onwards she was engaged at the Royal Opera in Berlin. In 1912 she debuted at the Metropolitan, where she sang under Toscanini. In London she was very succesful at Drury Lane in 1914, working with Beecham. In 1919 she left the Metropolitan.

In 1921 she performed with the Chicago Company in San Franciso before retiring from the opera. She continued her career as a concert singer, at a certain time adopting programs of nineteenth century singer Jenny Lind. In later years her voice became less powerful. Her past public performances took place in 1951.

Related persons
• cooperated with Toscanini, Arturo

Sources
• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2005

Images

The grave of Frieda Hempel at Friedhof Heerstrasse, Berlin.
Picture by androom (25 Aug 2006)

 

Frieda Hempel as Susanne in "Figaro's Hochzeit".
 


Henley, William Ernest

Published: 20 Jan 2007
Last update: 2 May 2009