The tenor, Nicolai Gedda, was born in Stockholm on 11 July 1925. He rapidly gained popularity with his lyrical voice, and was heard in leading opera houses, especially the Met in New York. He also sang lieder and oratorio. - Basil Ramsey
Born Harry Gustaf Nikolai Gädda to a Swedish mother and half-Russian father, Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda was brought up by his aunt Olga and his adoptive father Mikhail, speaking Swedish and Russian. He also learnt German whilst his family was living in Leipzig.
Nicolai Gedda, who stayed active as a singer into his late seventies, died following a heart attack at his home in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, on 8 January 2017, aged ninety-one, but his family didn't announce his death for over a month.