Sigrid Onegin 1919-1921

Sigrid Onegin had the very unusual voice of a contralto d'agilita, a rare and distinct sound different from the other contraltos of her time. Born in Stokholm, Onegin trained in Frankfurt and Italy before making her début in Bizet's Carmen in 1912. She also appeared in the première of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos in the same year. During her career, which spanned almost three decades, Onegin recorded for Polydor, Brunswick, HMV and Victor. Volume One from Prima Voce concentrates on the operatic arias and songs she recorded for Polydor between 1919 and 1921.


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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

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