Birgit Nilsson

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Nilsson, Birgit

(bĭr`gĭt nĭl`sôn), 1918–2005, Swedish soprano. Her powerful voice first came to international attention at the Munich Opera, where she was heard (1954–55) as Brünnhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre and in the title role in Strauss's Salome. In 1959 she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as Isolde. Although she was particularly noted for Wagnerian roles, Nilsson also performed in the Italian repertoire, notably as Turandot and Aïda. She retired in 1984.


See her autobiography (1995, tr. 2007).

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Birgit Nilsson is in prime and fine voice as Brunnhilde in both Siegfried and Gotterdammerung, with the great Astrid Varnay offering a harder edged traversal of the role in Die Walkiire.
A number of the tenor's Met broadcasts have been released in various pirate disks but they are a risk; one cannot go wrong with the officially sanctioned pressings on Sony, which present Vickers in a '60 Fidelio and a '69 Die Walkure, both opposite Birgit Nilsson.
The parish priest also loved the opera and took me to see Birgit Nilsson in Aida.
Also somewhat surprisingly, he partnered very few times with his near-contemporary compatriot Birgit Nilsson, even at the Royal Swedish Opera, but this might have been due to their divergent career paths and his early demise.
VIENNA -- The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra added a prestigious feather to its cap Wednesday, with the Birgit Nilsson Foundation picking it as this year's winner of its $1-million prize named after the late Swedish soprano.
Compared to, for instance, the still peerless Birgit Nilsson, her Isolde possesses a full-blooded dynamism, completely devoid of the traditional static nature.
London, Mar 17 (ANI): Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the 1 million dollar Birgit Nilsson Prize, which is the biggest prize in classical music.
STOCKHOLM: Spanish tenor Placido Domingo on Tuesday received the first Birgit Nilsson prize from Sweden s King Carl XVI Gustaf, and said it was like winning the "Nobel prize of music.
Johanna Meier, si bien ya no es el joven torrente de voz de hace veinticinco anos, pudo confirmar por que ha sido una de las Isoldas mas memorables, despues de la sueca recientemente desaparecida Birgit Nilsson, y siendo la gran estrella vocal del reparto, todavia nos sedujo por su hermosa emision y una tecnica capaz de envolvemos con sus aterciopelados pianos y de provocar admiracion con sus muchos y sobrecogedores solos de potencia y aguante.
Insights from Striny's mentor, the late Birgit Nilsson are sprinkled throughout the volume.
Discografia de referencia: Franco Corelli, Birgit Nilsson.