Anna Olivia Fremstad (Olive Fremstad)
Olive Fremstad was born in March 14, 1871, Stockholm, Sweden, and died April 21, 1951.
She was brought to America at the age of 12.
Her parents settled in St. Peter, Minnesota, but in 1890 Olive Fremstad came to New York.
She had played the piano at the age of nine, and soon organized a piano class.
She became soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but in 1893 gave this up to go to Berlin, where she remained for eighteen months as a pupil of Lilli Lehmann.
She made her debut in 1895 as Azucena in Il Trovatore with such success that a year later she sang in the Bayreuth Festival.
In 1897 she appeared at the Royal Opera, Vienna, as Brangane in Tristan and Isolde, remaining in Vienna for three years.
She then went to Munich and became very popular as Carmen.
While she was at Munich she appeared for two seasons at Convent Garden, London, where she first sang the role of Venus in Tannhauser.
Olive Fremstad first appeared in New York in 1903, and renewed her triumphs in the above role, at the same time appearing as Fricka, Brunnhilde, Kundry, Selika, and Santuza.
She also created a role of Salome in the American production of Strauss’ opera of that name.
She played the part of Salome in Paris with success, and also as Veronique in Bruneau’s opera of that name, and the French government made her an officer of the Academy.
As a Wagner singer Olive Fremstad was supreme.