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Kjerstin Dellert (4 November 1925 – 5 March 2018) was a Swedish opera singer and theater manager.[1]

Kjerstin Dellert
Kjerstin Dellert i Allsång på Skansen 2013.jpg
Kjerstin Dellert in June 2013
Background information
Born(1925-11-04)4 November 1925
Stockholm, Sweden
Died5 March 2018(2018-03-05) (aged 92)
GenresOpera
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1948–2015

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LifeEdit

Early lifeEdit

Born in Stockholm, Dellert made her opera debut at Stora teatern (the old Gothenburg Opera stage) in Gothenburg in the 1950s.[2]

Vocalist careerEdit

Her career as a vocalist had begun when she won an Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts contest in 1948 with Someone to Watch Over Me.[3][4]

From the mid-1950s to the 1970s she worked primarily at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in a variety of opera roles, including Floria in Puccini's Tosca and Harry Martinson/Erik Lindegren/Karl-Birger Blomdahl's opera Aniara in 1959.[5]

Dellert has also been the initiator and producer of a few gala shows for particular celebrations, such as the show financed by Sweden's Parliament and given in 1976 at the Stockholm Opera for the wedding of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (where ABBA first performed Dancing Queen and she performed O, min Carl Gustaf).[6] and a review at Södra teatern for her own 50th birthday in 1975.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

 
Dellert at her 90th birthday tribute in 2015

Dellert was the Managing Director of the Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen.[1] Since the mid-1990s she has been retired from the stage, officially retired from the Swedish Royal Opera since 1979, but briefly in 2005 made a critically acclaimed appearance as Maria Callas in the play Master Class by Terrence McNally at Confidencen and Lorensbergsteatern in Gothenburg.[8]

She dubbed the singing voice of Eva Dahlbeck for the role of Helena in the film Sköna Helena (1951).[9] She participated in Melodifestivalen 1972 with "Kärlek behöver inga ord", finishing fourth.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In her first marriage Dellert was the mother of artist and entertainment personality Thomas Dellert, her only child.[9]

Illness and deathEdit

On Christmas Eve 2016 Dellert suffered a stroke.[10] She died at home on 5 March 2018, aged 92, in the presence of Nils-Åke Häggbom, her husband since 1968.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kjerstin Dellert: "Det är vidrigt att fylla 90"". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kjerstin Dellert fyller 80 år den 4 november". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "BILDSPECIAL: Följ med hem till Kjerstin Dellert". 13 September 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ Kjerstin Dellert i förtroende ISBN 91-0-057326-4 pg. 84
  5. ^ ""Aniara" – opera för orostider – DN.SE". 8 January 2001. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ Dagens Nyheter, 19 June 1976.
  7. ^ Expressen (5 November 1975) & Hänt i Veckan (13 November 1975).
  8. ^ Article in Göteborgs-Posten, 23 November 2005.
  9. ^ a b c Pettersson, Leo. "Kjerstin Dellert har dött". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Kjerstin Dellert drabbad av stroke". Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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