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  Birgit Nilsson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Birgit Nilsson (Marta Birgit Svensson) (born May 17, 1918, died January 1, 2006) was a Swedish soprano who specialized in operatic and symphonic works.
In 1959 Nilsson gained North American prominence as Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
All of her major roles have been recorded.She married Bertil Niklasson, a veterinary student she had met on a train, in 1948.
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Birgit Nilsson, soprano/Philharmonia Orch/Heinz Wallberg and Leopold Ludwig, cond.
Birgit Nilsson, soprano; Hans Hotter, baritone/Philharmonia Orch/Leopold Ludwig, cond.
Nilsson is imperious in the two Weber arias, appropriate for the former, not quite so for the latter in which she hardly sounds like a gentle, innocent young girl.
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 Birgit Nilsson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson was born on May 17, 1918 in the town of Vastra Karup in the province of Skane (Scania) in southern Sweden.
In 1966, Miss Nilsson was asked to appear in a rather unusual performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
Birgit Nilsson is probably best known for her portrayals of Turandot in Turandot, Brünnhilde in Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen (a role with which she made her La Scala debut in 1958), Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, and Elektra in Elektra.
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 The Session: Shop - Product info   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Birgit Nilsson's voice is a blaze of glory, with beauty and above all grandeur in this role which she herself felt she could identify with as a Swedish/Nordic descendant.
The only complaint, and it is one that many have noted, is that Birgit Nilsson's voice is so impossibly huge and grand that she can't handle the pianissimi or softer passages that are part of Isolde's character.
While Nilsson attempts, especially here, to sing with softer volume, she is a romantic storm that only quiets down in the last line "Lust" as the music reaches a diminuendo.
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 Richard Strauss - Elektra / James Levine, Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, MET : DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Also, Birgit Nilsson had been singing Isolde and Brunnhilde since the mid 1950s (goodness that´s a quarter of a century ago from 1980) and Birgit Nilsson added Elektra and Salome to her repertoire in the 1960s.
Although Birgit Nilsson is not in the best voice here, I am grateful that we have a visual record of her performance.
Birgit Nilsson´s Elektra is so outstanding that the opening monologue can actually captivate my 22-year-old fraternity brothers into taking a seat when they come over and I´m indulging my decandent musical tastes.
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 AllRefer.com - Birgit Nilsson (Music: History, Composers, And Performers, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Birgit Nilsson[bir´git nil´sun] Pronunciation Key, 1918–;, Swedish soprano.
Her powerful voice first came to international attention at the Munich Opera, where she was heard (1954–55) as BrUnnhilde in Wagner's Die WalkUre and in the title role in Strauss's Salome.
Although she was particularly noted for Wagnerian roles, Nilsson also performed in the Italian repertoire, notably as Turandot and AIda.
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 Birgit Nilsson Sings Title Role In Met Season's First 'Turandot'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Last night at the Metropolitan, "Turandot" was given its first performance of the season, and Birgit Nilsson was on hand to sing the title role - assurance that it would be superbly sung.
Part of Miss Nilsson's greatness is the dependability of her performances.
In the Riddle Scene she hurdled easily over her first taxing aria, one in which the music sits in the upper reaches of the voice and provides almost no support in the orchestra.
www.tenorissimo.com /domingo/Articles/ny021470.htm   (364 words)

 ArkivMusic | The Singers - Birgit Nilsson
Birgit Nilsson's timbre, as the late John Ardoin writes in the booklet notes, "was sunlight reflected off a copper surface." That bright, gleaming tone could cut through any orchestra in full cry, "like a marble column from its lowest notes to the high C of its top register" (Ardoin again).
In Nilsson's case, it succeeds admirably, presenting her in several Wagner selections and including arias by Beethoven, Weber, and Verdi, along with a trio of traditional Christmas selections.
Nilsson's "Dich, teure Halle" from Tannhäuser, powerful though it is, doesn't have the humane characterization that Frida Leider, in a companion Singers release, brings to it.
www.arkivmusic.com /classical/album.jsp?site_id=CTRV&album_id=4853   (804 words)

 ArkivMusic | Birgit Nilsson - Opera Arias - Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Etc
The Swedish soprano, Birgit Nilsson, was one of the finest Wagnerian singers of the 20th century.
Nilsson's interpretations of such great Wagner roles as Brünnhilde in 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' and Isolde in 'Tristan und Isolde' are legendary, and set a standard that has never been equaled.
However, Nilsson was much more than a Wagner specialist, and this recording showcases her in opera arias by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber and Verdi.
www.arkivmusic.com /classical/album.jsp?site_id=CTRV&album_id=21172   (271 words)

 Anecdotage.com - people Nilsson anecdote.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The famed Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson was once asked what was required for a...
When tickets for a Birgit Nilsson concert in New York sold out several weeks in...
Famed soprano Birgit Nilsson was once asked why she had listed Metropolitan Oper...
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 Music : Birgit Nilsson
She made an incredible instant impression on me. The only other time this happened to me, was when I first heard Callas.
Nilsson was one of the greats, whose Brunnhilde seems to totally overshadow her other works.
This cd, however, is a great bag of mixed tricks that really showcase why Nilsson is one of the greatest sopranos in operatic...
www.programmertutorials.com /B00005MCSV/Birgit_Nilsson.html   (244 words)

 Amazon.com : Birgit Nilsson: An Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nilsson is a Swede--sturdy, sensible, secure, and funny--and it seems that women from the Nordic countries have supplied some of the exceptionally fine Wagnerian sopranos of the 20th century (Kirsten Flagstad, Nilsson's predecessor as "the greatest of her time," was Norwegian).
Born in 1918, Nilsson began in the 1940s by singing the bigger Italian roles, such as Aida and Lady Macbeth--roles requiring a strong voice throughout the range to compete with Verdi's grander orchestration.
Nilsson was a good performer on stage, but it was her sound that made her: the thrill of that sound, which was like an expressive laser beam, was almost unbelievable.
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 ttgapers.com store - Puccini: Turandot - - Product Details   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Birgit Nilsson's arias are done good as well, but I could complain that there is a major cut in the final duet:"Del Primo Pianto" is cut from this recording for no good reason.
Nilsson is freer and more brilliant than in either of her two studio recordings.
Birgit Nilsson is a great, phenomenal Turandot, and she is partnered with a defiant Calaf by Corelli.
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 Harvard University Press/The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music/Birgit Nilsson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Harvard University Press/The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music/Birgit Nilsson
Studied with Joseph Hislop at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm; made her debut in 1946 at the Royal Opera as Agathe (Der Freischütz), sang Electra (Idomeneo) at Glyndebourne (1951), and Brünnhilde in Munich (1954-55) in the complete Ring.
Nilsson made her debut at Bayreuth as Elsa (Lohengrin) in 1959, and returned regularly until 1970, performing Isolde, Sieglinde, and Brünnhilde.
www.hup.harvard.edu /features/ranhab/nilsson.html   (160 words)

 The American-Scandinavian Foundation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Soprano Christine Goerke was awarded the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize for outstanding young American singers in the final round of the 1997 competition held on Tuesday, November 11th.
The Birgit Nilsson Prize is awarded periodically by The American-Scandinavian Foundation to an American singer on the verge of an international career, providing a debut performance at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
The Birgit Nilsson Prize was established in 1988 on the occasion of the 350th Anniversary of New Sweden, the first Swedish settlement in the United States.
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Martha Moedl, Birgit Nilsson and Astrid Varnay talk about their careers for Bavarian TV.
Nilsson is in the middle at the end of the table.
KS- Astrid Varnay, Birgit Nilsson and Martha Moedl only ever stood on a stage together once, 1954 in Bayreuth in the third act of "Die Walkuere." Afterwards they were the Isoldes and Bruennhildes in all the great opera houses of the world.
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 Amazon.com: Birgit Nilsson, Vol.1: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This CD contains live excerpts of Birgit Nilsson singing in a performance of "Lohengrin" and a performance of "Turandot".
Nilsson is in tremendous voice, singing Turandot's high-lying, very taxing music effortlessly and accurately.
The incorrect pitching makes Nilsson and Corelli sound like they are plowing away through the music quickly, which in fact, was not the case during the actual performance.
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 Nilsson, Birgit on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Although she was particularly noted for Wagnerian roles, Nilsson also performed in the Italian repertoire, notably as Turandot and Aïda.
Atenas: A los 42 años, Birgit Fischer aún gana oro
La alemana Birgit Fischer a una victoria de ingresar en la leyenda
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 Fidelio w. Birgit Nilsson/E.Kleiber
The young Birgit Nilsson is, quite simply, a spectacular Leonora.
And for those who think of Nilsson as a somewhat austere singer, I highly recommend this Fidelio to disabuse them of that notion.
Nilsson's Cologne Leonora is one of the most involved and radiant ever committed to disc; I certainly prefer it to her impressive 1964 London recording under Lorin Maazel.
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 Birgit Nilsson
It is, in fact, full of great moments, and even when it falls short of greatness (for example, in Birgit Nilsson's note-perfect but too tranquil "Pace, pace" from La forza del destino), the standard is high.
She was not a great actress or a conventionally beautiful woman, but the video representation of her slightly awkward stage presence makes her vocal grace and agility sound all the more im...
This is the only video Tristan we have in which Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers--both near-legendary figures and ideally suited to their roles--can be seen together.
www.dvdvan.com /find/Actor/DVD/Birgit%20Nilsson/page-1.html   (656 words)

 Tristan und Isolde (Nilsson, Vickers, others) (3 CDs)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The dream pair of lovers: Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers (singing his first Tristan) in one of their very few appearances together in this opera.
The thrill of singing anything with Birgit simply cannot be overstated.
Birgit for your patient waiting so long, and for the joy you gave to me.
www.vaimusic.com /CD/1178-3.shtml   (439 words)

 Richard Strauss - Elektra / James Levine, Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, MET - (Reviews)
Coming back to this recording, it is obvious that Birgit Nilsson is conserving her voice at the beginning monologue Agammenon.
Also, towards the end of her career, Birgit Nilsson took a bit of time to warm up on stage.
But Birgit Nilsson here compensates by making Elektra a more lyrical kind of creature.
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 Birgit Nilsson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nilsson was incomparable in her gleaming, tireless singing.
I remember in the Sixties when this Gotterdammerung came out and was greeted with lavish praise for its dramatic power, the impact of the sound, the incomparable Brunnhilde of Nilsson, and the thrust of Solti's conducting.
In every way it was the crowning glory of his entire Ring cycle (though not...
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 Classical Net Review - Ritorna Vincitor! - The Legendary Birgit Nilsson
Nilsson recorded for labels other than Decca, and therefore some of her more notable recordings are absent here.
As part of the Universal Classics group, Decca could have chosen to draw from Nilsson's Philips and DG recordings, but did so in only one case – an excerpt from Die Frau ohne Schatten, recorded live in 1977 at the Staatsoper in Vienna and released by DG.
I assume that this recording was included to prove, even late in her career, that Nilsson was an exciting singer who could deliver the vocal goods.
www.classical.net /music/recs/reviews/l/lon73794a.html   (451 words)

 Birgit Nilsson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Soprano Birgit Nilsson would not look right in the role of the kittenish, erotically obsessed teenage princess who does her Dance of the Seven Veils for King Herod and demands the head of John the Baptist in payment.
As for the soloists, Birgit Nilsson is astounding.
At this point in her career, her voice actually was somewhat girlish in timbre, and she is more dramatically alive here than I expected Nilssons final "Ah, ich habe deinen Mund gekußt, etc." is wonderful, and everything else is sung effortlessly.
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 Decca Music Group - New Release
Nilsson sings Verdi - First international release on CD.
Birgit Nilsson was born in Karup, Sweden, in 1918.
Her early career was based mainly at the Royal Opera in Stockholm where her repertory included many Italian roles and Verdi's Lady Macbeth was one of the those with which she had early success.
www.deccaclassics.com /music/classicrecitals/4756413.html   (258 words)

 Birgit Nilsson --  Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - Your gateway to all Britannica has to offer!
Birgit Nilsson --  Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - Your gateway to all Britannica has to offer!
She made her debut in Stockholm in 1946, and she performed in the complete Ring cycle of Richard Wagner in Munich (1954–55).
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 Birgit A Biography, With Pictures, Of The Legendary Swedish Soprano Birgit Nilsson Swedish Soprano Birg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
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