Sigrid Onegin 1919-1921
Born in Stockholm of a German father and a French mother and first married to a Russian, Onegin just had to be cosmopolitan. Her three-octave range took her down to the depths and up to the soprano register. Like Schumann-Heink she was wonderful in Fidès’s scenes and had a wide range of operatic roles.
Both the records of Brahms’s Von ewiger Liebe (this one dated 1919) are deeply moving and I even love her in Alto Rhapsody with its extravagant portamento. Gramophone