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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
1Wie nahte mir der Schlummer Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Agathe
2Ozean du Ungeheuer Popularity:

Opera: OberonComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Reiza
3Uber die blauen Wogen Popularity:

Opera: OberonComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: quartetVoice: Mz Br S TLanguage: German

Roles: Fatima/Sherasmin/Reiza/Huon
4Der alte Sturm Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
5O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
6Ha ich bin's ich bin's Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.15

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
7Fliegt heim ihr Raben Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
8Heil heil König Marke Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S TLanguage: German

Roles: Kurwenal/Isolde/Tristan
9Euch Luften die mein Klagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
10Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
11Lausch Geliebter Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
12O sag kunde Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
13Höre mit Sinn Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles:
14Ewig war ich Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
15Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
16Gerechter Gott Popularity:

Opera: RienziComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Adriano
17O susseste Wonne Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
18Siegmund sieh auf mich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Siegmund
19Liebestod (Mild und leise) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
20Geliebter komm sieh dort die Grotte Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Venus
21Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
22Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: aria,finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
23Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
24Einsam in trüben Tagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
25Isolde! Tristan! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
26Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
27Doch unsre Liebe heisst sie Tristan Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde/Tristan
28Nichts lerntest du Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
29Tristan Geliebter! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
30Dich teure Halle Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elisabeth
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