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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
1Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia
2Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
3Non mi dir bell'idol mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.17-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
4Ah! di che fulgor che musiche Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: quintetVoice: S Br S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Renato/Amelia/Samuel/Tom
5Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
6Aida tu non m'ami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames
7Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
8Padre germani addio Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ilia
9Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
10Straniero ascolta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
11Che ti scosta o Re mio Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
12O patria mia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
13Non piangere Liu Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
14Salgo gia del trono aurato Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/High priest
15Ella 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
16Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
17Mi par ch'oggi il demonio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Ottavio/Anna
18Io son l'umile ancella Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
19O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
20Ma qual mai s'offre oh Dei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
21Tu che di gel sei cinta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
22Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
23Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
24Oh! se sapeste come il vivere e allegro Popularity:

Opera: Fanciulla del WestComposer: PucciniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Minnie
25Pace pace mio Dio Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
26Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
27O 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
28Andro ramingo e solo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
29Pria di partir oh Dio Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra
30Tosca finalmente mia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.18

Type: ensembleVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia
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