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singer , opera singer

Set Svanholm, Swedish tenor, opera singer. Decorated Knight of Order of Vasa, Knight Commander Hungarian Order of Holy Crown; Commander Northern Star; His Majesty King Gustaf’s 90th anniversary medal; Commander Austrian Order of Merit; Commander Dutch Oranien-Nassau Order; Commander Norwegian St. Olaf Order; Commander Danish Order Dannebrog; Commander Order White Rose of Finland; L’ Ordre de la Republic de la Tunisie.


Svanholm, Set was born on September 2, 1904 in Vasteras, Sweden. Son of Viktor and Beda (Swanstrom) Svanholm.


He then studied at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm as well as taking singing lessons from the famous baritone John Forsell, who also taught Aksel Schiøtz and Jussi Björling.


Organist, Tillberga, Sweden, 1922. Teacher, organist, Saby, Sweden, 1924-1925, 26-29. Organist, Strömsholm, 1927-1929.

Conductor of chorus St. Jacobi Church, Stockholm, 1929-1949. Professor singing Conservatory of Music, 1930-1940. Debut as tenor in Stockholm as Radames in Aida, 1936.

Performed at Salzburg Festival, 1938. Guest appearances in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Budapest, London, Lisbon, La Scala, Bayreuth Festival. Guest performances with opera companies, symphony orchestras, United States of America.

Dramatic tenor roles in Wagnerian operas, also as Otello, Radames, Manrico, Pagliacci, Don Jose, Samson, Herod, Eisenstein and others. Member Royal Opera House, Stockholm, since 1931, Metropolitan Opera County, New York, 1946-1956. Director, general manager Royal Opera House, Stockholm, 1956-1963.


Member Royal Opera House, Stockholm, since 1931, Metropolitan Opera County, New York, 1946-1956.


Married Nini Hogstedt, September 7, 1934. Children: Eva, Henrik, Inger, Jon, Kerstin, Solveig.

Viktor Svanholm

Beda (Swanstrom) Svanholm

Nini Hogstedt

Henrik Svanholm

Solveig Svanholm

Eva Svanholm

Kerstin Svanholm

Jon Svanholm

Inger Svanholm