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Birgit Nilsson

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Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Swedish
Year of Birth: 1918
Year of Death: 2005

About Birgit Nilsson:

Märta Birgit Nilsson (17 May 1918 – 25 December 2005) was a celebrated Swedish dramatic soprano. Although she sang a wide repertory of operatic and vocal works, Nilsson was best known for her performances in the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Her voice was noted for its overwhelming force, bountiful reserves of power, and the gleaming brilliance and clarity in the upper register.

Nilsson made such strong imprints on many roles that they came to be known as the "Nilsson repertory". She sang the operas of Richard Strauss and made a specialty of Puccini's Turandot, but it was the music of Wagner that made her career. She once said that Isolde made her famous and Turandot made her rich. Her olympian command of his music was comparable to that of Kirsten Flagstad, who owned the Wagner repertory at the Metropolitan Opera during the years before World War II.

Birgit Nilsson was born Märta Birgit Svensson on a farm at Västra Karup in Skåne (100 km/60 miles north of Malmö) to Nils Svensson and Justina Svensson (née Paulsson). When she was three years old she began picking out melodies on a toy piano her mother bought for her. She once told an interviewer that she could sing before she could walk, adding, "I even sang in my dreams". Her vocal talent was first noticed when she began to sing in her church choir. A choirmaster near her home heard her sing and advised her to take voice lessons.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O terra addio valle di pianti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
2Immenso Ftha del mondo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.15

Type: Voice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
3Vedi di morte l'angelo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
4La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
5Sacerdoti compiste un delitto Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
6Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
7Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
8Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
9Una macchia e qui tuttora Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
10Pace pace mio Dio Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
11O salce salce Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
12Piangea cantando Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
13Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
14L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
15D'amour l'ardente flamme Popularity:

Opera: Damnation de Faust, LaComposer: BerliozAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite
16Robert toi que j'aime Popularity:

Opera: Robert le DiableComposer: MeyerbeerAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Isabelle
17Ella e pura in braccio a morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-2

Type: sextetVoice: T S S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
18D'Oreste d'Aiace Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elettra
19Oh! ciel pietoso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Arbace
20Mild und leise wie er lächelt Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
21Liebestod (Mild und leise) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
22E tu ricevi il mio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Br T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar
23Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
24Ha ich bin's ich bin's Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.15

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
25Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
26O patria Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: S T B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Danieli/Procida/Arrigo/Guido
27Tristan Geliebter! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
28Aida tu non m'ami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames
29Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
30Mario su presto! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Sciarrone
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