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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
91Ma qual mai s'offre oh Dei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
92Vieni o diletta appressati Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida/Radames
93Komm Hoffnung Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
94Don Ottavio son morta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.17-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
95Höre mit Sinn Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles:
96Numi pieta del mio soffrir Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
97Non la sospiri la nostra casetta Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
98Gloria gloria o vincitore Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14

Type: choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
99O susseste Wonne Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
100Mi par ch'oggi il demonio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Ottavio/Anna
101Aida tu non m'ami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames
102Bel piacere Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Almirena
103Euch Luften die mein Klagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
104Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
105O qual soave brivido Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
106Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
107E qual via scegliete? Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia
108E tu ricevi il mio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Br T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar
109Vedi di morte l'angelo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
110Ah! del padre in periglio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
111Orsu Tosca parlate Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Tosca
112Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Kundry
113Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
114Chi pose tanta forza Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-1

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Liù/Ping/Calaf
115Non sai tu che se l'anima mia Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
116Pieta pieta pieta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Aida
117Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
118Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
119Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
120Pria di partir oh Dio Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra
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