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Born in 1945
Inducted in 2004
Frederica von Stade was born June 1, 1945 in Somerville, New Jersey. She made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1970 and followed that success with a brilliant performance of “Cherubino” in The Marriage of Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera in 1971. She created the role of “Tina” in Dallas Opera’s world premiere production of Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers. Richard Danielpour composed Elegies for orchestra, soprano, and baritone——in memory of Frederica’s father, Charles von Stade, who was killed in World War II, two months before Miss von Stade’s birth. Elegies premiered in January 1998 with the Jacksonville Symphony and now has been recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She’s made over sixty recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs, and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disque awards, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy’s Premio della Critica Discografica, and “Best of the Year” citations by Stero Review and Opera News. In 1983 Miss von Stade was honored with an award given at the White House by President Ronald Reagan in recognitions of her significant contribution to the arts.