Obituary: Berit Lindholm Passes Away at 88

By Afton Wooten

Swedish dramatic soprano Berit Lindholm passed away at the age on 88 on August 12, 2023.

Lindholm was known for her roles of heroines such as Brünnhilde and Isolde, Tosca, and Chrysothemis. After studying voice at the Royal College of Music, she made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1963 as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s “Le nozze di figaro.” She went on to perform in major houses including Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Royal Opera House, and the Metropolitan Opera.

She participated in the world premiere of Alexander Goehr’s “Die Wiedertäufer” at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 1985 and in the premiere of Daniel Börtz’s “Backanterna” at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1991.

In 1969, Lindholm sang Cassandre under Colin Davis’s in a recording of Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” She also recorded “Die Walküre” in 1966, and Swedish songs, among others. Lindholm was awarded the title Hovsångare in 1976 and became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, and received the Litteris et Artibus award in 1988. Last year, she was awarded the gold medal of the Fackförbundet Scen & Film.

She is survived by her daughter.