BORN 18 Apr 1888, Berlin - DIED 4 Jun 1975, Berlin|
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof Heerstrasse, Trahkener Allee 1, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Feld 19-N-26/27 (Ehrengrab))
Frida Leider was a successful Wagner soprano. In her youth she admired Geraldine Farrar and collected her postcards. She worked at the Darmstädter Bank in Berlin and studied singing at the same time. In 1915 she debuted at the theatre in Halle an der Saale. In 1924 she was contracted by the State Opera in Berlin and there she was very sucessful.
She performed at the Scala in Milan, the Grand Opera in Paris, Covent Garden in London and at the Opera in Vienna. From 1928 to 1938 she performed every year at the Bayreuth festival. She married violinist and concert master Rudolf Deman, who was forced to move to Switzerland after the nazis gained power because he was Jewish. She refused to divorce him but she stayed in Germany. Until 1940 she was a member of the State Opera. In 1946 she gave her last performance at the Admiralspalast in Berlin togeher with Margarete Klose.
From 1948 to 1958 she was a professor at the Musikhochschule in Berlin-Charlottenburg. She died in Berlin in 1975.
admired Farrar, Geraldine