Frederica von stade - a portrait of frederica von stade - Opera Mezzo-Soprano Frederica von Stade one of the great.


Von Stade attended Convent of the Sacred Heart school in suburban Washington., ., then spent a year studying music in Paris , working as a nanny and bartender to earn her way. She attended Mannes College of Music in New York , where she studied with teachers including Paul Berl and Otto Guth. After graduation she joined New York's Metropolitan Opera company, and made her debut on January 10, 1970, in Mozart's Die Zauberfl ö te (The magic flute). "I was totally green, stagestruck and nervous about being wrong, and I wasn't really a trained musician," she told Brian Kellow of Opera News in a 1995 interview. "[Y]ou just sat in that rehearsal room for five hours and didn't read a paper or a magazine or knit or do anything. You sat and listened. You watched and learned and assimilated."

Yet even the sunny radiance of her Cherubino, the winsome resourcefulness of her Rosina, were offset by hints of very human angst that brought depth and dimension to every character she played. For all the miraculous sprightliness, an underlying gravity and wisdom anchored von Stade and instilled in audiences a unique sense of trust and shared experience. Onstage and off, she seemed not only an admired and cherished artist but a beloved friend. We knew her, and we felt, in the way her performances reflected our own passions, pangs, quirks and foibles, that she somehow knew us, too.


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