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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
1Oh! ciel pietoso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Arbace
2Andro ramingo e solo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
3Pria di partir oh Dio Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra
4Ella 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
5Tristan Isolde treuloser Holder Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde/Brangäne
6Lausch Geliebter Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
7Gloria gloria o vincitore Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14

Type: choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
8Calmatevi idol mio! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio/Anna
9Tristan Geliebter! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
10O ew'ge Nacht süsse Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
11Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
12O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
13O terra addio valle di pianti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
14O susseste Wonne Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
15Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
16Godiam la pace Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: ensemble,choirVoice: T B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Two Trojans/Two Cretan women
17Ah! 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
18Perduta la battaglia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
19Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
20Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
21Finisci il vaticinio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.21

Type: septet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br S cA B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Ulrica/Silvano/Samuel/Tom
22Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
23Principessa di morte Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
24La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
25Heil dir Sonne Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: aria,finaleVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
26Non piangere Liu Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
27No Pagliaccio non son Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.07-1

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Silvio
28Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
29Quel nome! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù/Calaf/Turandot
30O 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
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