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Karin Branzell

Karin Branzell (24 September 1891 – 15 December 1974) was a Swedish operatic contralto (sometimes described as a mezzo-soprano), who had a prominent career at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and in Europe. Her very wide range enabled her to sing both contralto roles and the occasional soprano role. She was particularly noted for her singing of the music of Richard Wagner, in roles such as Ortrud (Lohengrin), Venus (Tannhäuser), Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), and Brunnhilde (Die Walküre). She was considered on a par with Margarete Klose and Kerstin Thorborg as a Wagnerian contralto. Amneris (Aida), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Herodias (Salome), and Clytemnestra (Elektra) were among her other renowned roles.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 24th, 1891 (Stockholm), Died December 14th, 1974 (Altadena)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: mezzo-soprano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 15130 10-in. 3/11/1925 Drivsnö Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12767-12768 10-in. 3/31/1924 Synnöves sang Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick X12769-X12770 12-in. 3/31/1924 Solvejgs sang Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12771-12772 10-in. 3/31/1924 Saetergjentents Söndag Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12911-12912 10-in. 4/17/1924 Synnöves sang Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12913-12914 10-in. 4/17/1924 Saetergjentens söndag Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12973-12974 10-in. 4/23/1924 Mot kveld Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12975-12977 10-in. 4/23/1924 Drivsnö Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12985-12986 10-in. 4/24/1924 Neckeus polska Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 12987-12988 10-in. 4/24/1924 Kristallen den fina Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15125-15127 10-in. 3/11/1925 In meiner Heimat Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15128-15129 10-in. 3/11/1925 Christkindleins Wiegenlied Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15262-15264 10-in. 3/23/1925 Habanera Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick X15265-X15267 12-in. 3/23/1925 Leonora Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15268-15269 10-in. 3/23/1925 In meiner Heimat Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15385-15387 10-in. 4/1/1925 Printemps qui commence Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick X15388-X15389 12-in. 4/1/1925 O don fatale Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15455-15457 10-in. 4/7/1925 The moon drops low Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15458-15460 10-in. 4/7/1925 Roses of forgiveness Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15461-15462 10-in. 4/7/1925 Mädchens wunsch Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15463-15465 10-in. 4/7/1925 Lithauisches lied Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15470-15471 10-in. 4/8/1925 Printemps qui commence Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15517-15519 10-in. 4/13/1925 Thy beaming eyes Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick 15520-15522 10-in. 4/13/1925 To a wild rose Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Brunswick E27258 10-in. 4/3/1928 Si le bonheur a sourire t’invite Karin Branzell Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Branzell, Karin," accessed May 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104636.

Branzell, Karin. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104636.

"Branzell, Karin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021.

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