Frida Leider

Leider (1888-1975) was a dramatic soprano best known for her Brünnhilde performances. Having to support herself and her mother from young age, she studied voice privately. Although she never studied with her, Leider gives credit to Lilli Lehmann and her publications ("Mein Weg", "Meine Gesangskunst") in guiding her career. In her autobiograpy "Playing my part", she emphasizes the importance of belcanto singing for Wagnerian roles. Interesting is her account of the "Wagner Tradition" as experienced in Bayreuth. Leider's life and career from different perspectives can be found in Friedelind Wagner's and Berta Geissmar's autobiographies.