Category Archives: Birgit Nilsson

Nilsson in Italian Opera

Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005) was one of opera’s miracles. If you heard her during her prime, which roughly coincided with the first decade or so of her 22 years at the Met, you heard a unique voice. At its fullest, it was a Jovian thunderbolt. No technical challenge was too much for her. Vocally, she could…

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Recording of the Week – Birgit Nilsson 10 CD Set

Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005) was one of the vocal marvels of the 20th century. No recording, and she made many, can come close to the impact she made in performance. A voice of limitless power and reserve, she could be heard over the loudest orchestral din. Yet she could modulate her tone to whatever the score…

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Birgit Nilsson’s 3 Favorite Tenors

Birgit Nilsson’s autobiography was published in Swedish in 1995. It appeared in a German translation in 1997. Recently Northwestern University Press has published it in English. But it is the German translation that has appeared in English. Thus one wonders what has been gained in translation. Operatic memoirs usually consist of I sang this here…

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Coming Soon: Birgit Nilsson's 3 Favorite Tenors

Jussi Björling and Franco Corelli are not among these three, though the great diva professed profound admiration for both of them. Read about it here – soon. Well, you could read about it somewhere else, which is where I found it.

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