Frederica von Stade

Frederica von Stade (born June 1, 1945) is an American mezzo-soprano.

Early life

Frederica von Stade was born in Somerville, New Jersey.[1] She acquired the nickname "Flicka" in her childhood. Her father, Charles S. von Stade, was a polo champion and Lieutenant in the United States Army who was killed in service in Germany during the Second World War, prior to her birth.[2] Her grandfather, Francis Skiddy von Stade, Sr., (1884–1967), was also a polo champion.

She attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City.