Ivar F. Andresen
Ivar Frithiof Andresen (July 27, 1896 - November 6, 1940), was a Norwegian opera singer who pursued a successful international career in Europe and the United States.
Andresen was the first Norwegian to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (preceding his famous compatriot, the great Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, by five years). A bass, he appeared in operas composed by Wagner, Mozart and Verdi.
Andresen was born in Kristiania. After making his debut in Stockholm in 1919, he worked at Kungliga Teatern (now Kungliga Operan, or Royal Swedish Opera), from 1921 to 1926. He then performed at the Dresden Semperoper (in 1926-1931) and the Städtische Oper Berlin (1931-1935), and also appeared as a guest artist at the New York Met (1930-1932) and the Bayreuth Festival (1927-1931).
Andresen's singing earned considerable critical acclaim during his appearances in England, America and Germany, but developing health problems would curtail his career, and he died at the age of 44, in Stockholm, during the early stages of World War II.
Today, in Norway, Andresen is probably best known not for being an opera star, but for adorning the box of the cough-drop brand "IFA", produced by the Nidar company. Since the 1930s, his face has been seen on the package, along with a quote recommending the product to "singers, public speakers, smokers and athletes". Ivar F. Andersen was also the great uncle to Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg.
Recordings on CD
Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ivar Andrésen
Preiser Records CD PSR 89028
Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ivar Andrésen Vol 2
Preiser Records CD PSR 89125
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