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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
1Der alte Sturm Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
2O sag kunde Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
3Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
4O susseste Wonne Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
5Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
6Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
7Siegmund sieh auf mich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Siegmund
8Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
9Nichts lerntest du Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
10Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
11Ho jo to ho Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
12Schlimm furcht ich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
13Kehrte der Vater nun heim Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding/Siegmund/Brünnhilde/Wotan
14Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
15Du bist der Lenz Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
16O 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
17Straniero ascolta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
18Non piangere Liu Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
19Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
20Tu che di gel sei cinta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
21Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
22La sui monti dell est Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
23Guizza al pari di fiamma Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
24Ah! per l'ultima volta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.15

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T B S Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù/Ping/Pang/Pong
25Del primo pianto Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot
26Gelo che ti da foco Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
27Popolo di Pekino Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: A Mandarin/Liù
28Principessa di morte Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
29Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
30Signore ascolta! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
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