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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
61Andro ramingo e solo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
62Einsam wachend in der Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brangäne
63Mario Mario son qui! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
64Da geht er hin Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
65Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

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

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
66Principessa di morte Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
67Tanto amore segreto Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
68Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
69Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
70Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia
71L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
72Zeffiretti lusinghieri Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ilia
73Ben io t'invenni Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
74Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
75Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
76Qui Radames verra Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
77Sacerdoti compiste un delitto Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
78Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
79Idol mio se ritroso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elettra
80Die Zeit die ist ein sonderbar Ding Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
81Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
82Non ti fidar o misera Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.16-1

Type: quartetVoice: S S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Giovanni
83O wär ich schon mit dir vereint Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline
84Crudele? Ah! no mio bene Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.17-1

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
85Ma qual mai s'offre oh Dei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
86Vieni o diletta appressati Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida/Radames
87Komm Hoffnung Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
88Don Ottavio son morta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.17-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
89Höre mit Sinn Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles:
90Numi pieta del mio soffrir Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
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