Set Svanholm

September 2, 1904 – October 4, 1964
Svanholm began at the age of 17 as an elementary school teacher, and organist. He then studied at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm as well as taking singing lessons from the famous baritone John Forsell in 1929. He made his operatic debut as a baritone (Swedish Royal Opera, Stockholm, 1930), singing Silvio followed by Barbiere. He sang as a baritone for several years including the baritone part in Carmina burana. Then in 1936, after further study, he made his tenor's debut at the tenor in the ninth symphony of Beethoven and then singing Radames. His first Wagnerian tenor roles (Lohengrin and Siegfried) followed in 1937, along with Lemminkäinen in the premiere of Lars-Erik Larsson's Princessan av Cypern (The princess of Cyprus) the same year. Svanholm subsequently took on Otello, Siegmund, Parsifal and Tristan.

Svanholm sang regularly at the Met (1946–1956), the Vienna Staatsoper (1938–43: Radames, Bacchus, Florestan, Erik, Max, Siegfried (both), Achille, Lohengrin, Walther, Canio, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Manrico, Siegmund; 1949–1953: Radames, Florestan, Lohengrin, Walther, act 1 of Otello, Herodes, Tannhäuser, Tristan), Salzburg (1938), Berlin, Budapest, Milan (1941–42), Rio de Janeiro, Bayreuth (1942), München, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Barcelona and Covent Garden (1948–57). He became the director of the Royal Swedish Opera in 1956, continuing with guest appearances in opera, oratorio and concerts until 1963.

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Additional information from Daniele Godor.

Repertory
A - Opera, operetta and dramatic ballads

Adam, Adolphe                             La poupée de Nuremberg                Miller	
Atterberg, Kurt                           Fanal                                 Martin Skarp	
Beethoven, Ludwig van                     Fidelio                               Florestan	
Berlioz, Hector                           Damnation de Faust, la                Faust	
                                          Troyens, les                          Aenée	
Bizet, Georges                            Carmen                                Don  José	
Borodin, Alexander                        Knjaz Igor                            Vladimir Igorevich	
Britten, Benjamin                         Peter Grimes                          Peter Grimes	
                                          Turning of the screw, the             The Prologue	
de Frumerie. Gunnar                       Singoalla                             Erland	
Gade, Niels                               Wilhelm Elverskud                     Herr Olof	
Gluck, Christoph Willibald                Alceste                               Admète	
                                          Iphigénie en Aulide                   Achille	
                                          Iphigénie en Tauride                  Pylade	
Gottlieb, Johann                          Gustaf Wasa                           Gustaf Eriksson Wasa	
Janáček, Leoš                             Její pastorkyňa (Jenůfa)              Laca	
Kraus, Joseph Martin                      Fiskarstugan                          Damon	
Larsson, Lars-Erik                        Prinsessan av Cypern                  Lemminkäinen	
Leoncavallo, Ruggero                      Pagliacci                             Canio	
                                                                                Silvio	
Lindberg, Oskar                           Fredlös                               Tord	
Massenet, Jules                           Thaïs                                 Un serviteur	
Meyerbeer, Giacomo                        Africaine, la                         Vasco da Gama	
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus                  Idomeneo                              Idomeneo	
Mussorgsky, Modest                        Khovanshchina                         Andrey Khovansky	
Nicolai, Otto                             Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, die      Fenton	
Paumgartner, Bernhard                     Rossini in Neapel                     Torquato	
Peterson-Berger Wilhelm                   Arnljot                               Olav Haraldsson	
                                          Domedagsprofeterna                    Lars Bryngelsson	
Puccini, Giacomo                          Tabarro, il                           Venditore di canzoni	
                                          Turandot                              Calaf	
Ravel, Maurice                            Heure espagnole, l'                   Gonzalvo	
Rossini, Gioacchino                       Barbiere di Siviglia, il              Figaro	
Saint-Saëns, Camille                      Samson et Dalila                      Samson	
Strauß, Johann                            Fledermaus, die                       Alfred	        
                                                                                Eisenstein	
Strauss, Richard                          Ariadne auf Naxos                     Bacchus	
                                          Frau ohne Schatten, die               Kaiser	
                                          Daphne                                Apollo	
                                          Elektra                               Aegisth	
                                          Salome                                Herodes	
Verdi, Giuseppe                           Aida                                  Radames	 
                                          Otello                                Otello	
                                          Trovatore, il                         Manrico	
Wagner, Richard                           Fliegende Holländer, der              Erik	
                                                                                Steuermann	
                                          Götterdämmerung                       Siegfried	
                                          Lohengrin                             Lohengrin	
                                          Meistersinger von Nürnberg, die       Walther von Stolzing	
                                          Parsifal                              Parsifal	
                                          Rheingold, das                        Loge	
                                          Siegfried                             Siegfried	
                                          Tannhäuser                            Tannhäuser	
                                          Tristan und Isolde                    Tristan	
                                          Walküre, die                          Siegmund	
Walter, Fried                             Königin Elisabeth                     Robert Dudley	
Weber, Carl Maria von                     Freischütz, der                       Max	
Zandonai, Riccardo                        Francesca da Rimini                   Malatestino	


B - Oratorio, cantatas and vocal works for soloists and orchestra

Atterberg, Kurt                           Järnbaraland                          Baritone	
Bach, Johann Sebastian                    Matthäuspassion                       Baritone (Jesus)	
                                          Weihnachtsoratorium                   Bass	
Beethoven, Ludwig van                     Missa Solemnis                        Tenor	
                                          Symphony no. 9                        Tenor	
Bengtsson, Gustaf                         Dödens ängel                          Baritone	
Händel, Georg Friedrich                   Judas Maccabaeus                      Tenor	
                                          Messiah                               Tenor	
                                          Samson                                Tenor (Samson)	
Haydn, Joseph                             Jahrenzeiten, die                     Tenor	
                                          Schöpfung, die                        Tenor	
Honegger, Arthur                          Roi David, le                         Tenor	
Kallstenius, Edvin                        Kantat 
                                          vid läroverksjubileet i Västerås 1923 Tenor	
Kodály, Zoltán                            Psalmus Hungaricus                    Tenor	
Lindberg, Oskar                           Alma mater Holmiensis                 Baritone	
                                          Kantat till Sveriges Körförbunds 
                                          jubileumskonsert                      Baritone	
                                          Ljusa landet, det                     Baritone	
Liszt, Franz                              Faustsymphonie, eine                  Tenor	
Mendelssohn, Felix                        Elias                                 Bass	
                                          Erste Walpurgisnacht, die             Baritone	
                                          Paulus                                Tenor	
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus                  Requiem                               Tenor	
Olson, Daniel                             Passionskantat                        Tenor	
Olsson, Otto Davids                       Psalm 84                              Tenor	
Orff, Carl                                Carmina Burana                        Baritone	
Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm                  Kantat till den svenska operans 
                                          150-årsjubileum 1923                  Tenor	
                                          Norrbotten                            Tenor	
Stenhammar, Wilhelm                       Ett folk                              Baritone	
                                          Sången                                Baritone	
                                                                                Tenor	
I wish to thank Daniel Godor for the repertory.
Further reading
Daniele Godor- Riksarkivet (Ed): Arkiven sjunger - nedslag i svensk musikhistoria. Stockholm 2011, p. 224-245
Svet Svanholm in Budapest
Cartoon from a paper in Budapest, showing Svanholm as Manrico, the audience does not want to let him go after "Di quella pira". This refers to an incident on June 16, 1943 when Svanholm sang "Di quella pira" in key and had to repeat it twice (!) because the audience refused to leave. That makes three times "Di quella pira" in key and with no microphone on one evening. Tell that to Pavarotti.
Set Svanholm singsCarmen: Où vas tu?, with Kerstin Meyer, in Swedish

Set Svanholm singsDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend
In RA format

Set Svanholm sings Otello: Niun mi tema
In RA format

Set Svanholm sings Aida: Celeste Aida
In RA format

Set Svanholm singsAriadne auf Naxos: Bin ich ein Gott , with Birgit Nilsson in Swedish

Svanholm as baritone
Svanholm article by Daniele Godor, with rare recordings
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the recording (Carmen).
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Meistersinger).
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the recordings (Aida, Otello).

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