Nina Grieg

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Nina Grieg
Nina Grieg c1934.jpg
Grieg in about 1934
Born Nina Hagerup
(1845-11-24)November 24, 1845
Bergen, Norway
Died December 9, 1935(1935-12-09) (aged 90)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish-Norwegian
Occupation Lyric soprano
Spouse(s) Edvard Grieg (m. 1867)
Children 1

Nina Grieg, née Hagerup (November 24, 1845 – December 9, 1935) was a DanishNorwegian lyric soprano.

Early life and family[edit]

Nina Hagerup was born in Bergen, Norway. She was the first cousin of composer Edvard Grieg, whom she married.


The couple often performed concerts together in Europe, usually to rave reviews. Edvard considered her the best performer of his songs.

She was featured as a soloist in Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah with Musikselskabet Harmonien (later known as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra) in 1866.

The English composer Frederick Delius dedicated two sets of songs to her in the years 1888–1890.

Nina Grieg never recorded professionally, but two amateur recordings made on wax cylinders have been preserved (in quite poor condition) and have been issued on the Simax label.

Personal life and demise[edit]

She married her first cousin, Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, on June 11, 1867, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nina and Edvard identified as Unitarians.

After his death in 1907, she moved to Denmark. In Copenhagen, she attended a Unitarian church. She died 28 years later at the age of 90. She was cremated and her ashes were placed with her husband's' ashes in a mountain tomb near Troldhaugen.

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