Frederica von Stade is an American mezzo-soprano who grew up loving opera. Her commonly-used nickname is “Flicka.” She made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1970, and was a sensation as “Cherubino” in The Marriage of Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera in July 1971. Since then she has performed many roles with the Met as well as with almost every major opera company in the world.
Trained in the bel canto style, von Stade is famous for her roles in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola as well as Bellini’s La Sonnambula. She has made over sixty recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs, and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disque awards, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy’s Premio della Critica Discografica, and “Best of the Year” citations by Stereo Review and Opera News.
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