Music: Songs of Goodby

She was a slender girl of 18 when she first walked onto the stage of Oslo's National Theater to make her operatic debut in d'Albert's Tiefland. She had only a small voice, but critics agreed that its quality was pleasing and that she was "very musical.'' After that she made rapid strides, and the world beyond Oslo inevitably heard of Kirsten Flagstad. Last week, 40 years to the day after her debut and after one of the great operatic careers of the 20th century. Soprano Flagstad sang goodby on the same stage.

She chose three songs by Norway's Composer Edvard Grieg, followed...

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