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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
181O sag kunde Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
182Che ti scosta o Re mio Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
183Guten Tag Marzelline Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Marzelline/Jaquino
184Tristan Isolde treuloser Holder Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde/Brangäne
185Uber die blauen Wogen Popularity:

Opera: OberonComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: quartetVoice: Mz Br S TLanguage: German

Roles: Fatima/Sherasmin/Reiza/Huon
186Immenso Ftha del mondo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.15

Type: Voice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
187Heil heil König Marke Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S TLanguage: German

Roles: Kurwenal/Isolde/Tristan
188Kehrte 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
189Ah! du bist wieder da Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

190Weh mir so nah die fürchterliche Stunde Popularity:

Opera: Feen, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Ada
191Tristan Geliebter! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
192Aber Marzelline kein Wort Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Jaquino
193Dein schweigen fass ich Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.16

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
194Oh! se sapeste come il vivere e allegro Popularity:

Opera: Fanciulla del WestComposer: PucciniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Minnie
195Su del Nilo al sacro lido 2 Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida
196Qual e dunque l'eletto.. Ah del Conte la morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: quartetVoice: Br B B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Samuel/Tom/Amelia
197La sui monti dell est Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

198Doch unsre Liebe heisst sie Tristan Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde/Tristan
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