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Nilsson, Birgit

Works: 1,309 works in 3,582 publications in 8 languages and 30,228 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Television adaptations  Biography  Music  Film adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Other, Commentator, per, Interviewee, l4, Narrator, Actor, sop, Instrumentalist, Author of introduction, Speaker
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Birgit Nilsson
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

180 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Mandarin announces the law of the land ("Popolo di Pekino: La legge e questa...)": Any man who desires to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles. If he fails, he will be beheaded. The Prince of Persia has failed and is to be beheaded at moonrise. As the crowd surges towards the gates of the palace, crying for blood, a blind old man is pushed to the ground while his slave-girl, Li?, cries for help. A young man hears her cry and recognizes the old man as his long-lost father Timur, the deposed king of Tartary. The young Prince of Tartary urges his father not to speak his name because he fears the Chinese rulers who have conquered Tartary. Timur tells his son that of all his servants, only Li? has remained faithful to him. When the Prince asks her why, she tells him that once, long ago in the palace, he smiled upon her"-Wikipedia (Sept 2006)
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

167 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's powerful and wrenching tale of ill-fated love requires a cast of great singing actors, and that's just what this broadcast provides. Jon Vickers and Régine Crespin are the brother and sister who fall rapturously in love, only to be torn apart by death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title who is punished by her father (the magnificent Theo Adam as Wotan) for doing what he really wants her to do. Herbert von Karajan conducts his final Met performance
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

184 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's revolutionary score changed the world of music with its radical portrayal of an all-consuming passion that can only be fulfilled in death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Isolde, one of her greatest roles, in her second Met season. Karl Liebl is Tristan, the man she loves--and the best friend of the man she is forced to marry. Jerome Hines is the sorrowful King Marke and Irene Dalis sings Isolde's stalwart companion, Brangäne
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

122 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance marked Birgit Nilsson's first Met broadcast in one of her most celebrated roles, Brünnhilde, in the Ring cycle's final installment. Hans Hopf sings Siegfried, the man whose heroic deeds eventually bring about the twilight of the gods, and the sensational Gottlob Frick is Hagen. With its story of love, treachery, murder--and, ultimately, redemption--Götterdämmerung brings Wagner's epic to a monumental conclusion. The great Erich Leinsdorf leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Recording )

116 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meeting of Siegfried with the dragon and with Brünnhilde
Salome by Richard Strauss( Recording )

97 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great Birgit Nilsson gives a spectacular performance as Strauss's biblical princess. Walter Cassel is the imprisoned prophet Jochanaan, the object of Salome's desire. When he rejects her advances, Salome has no hesitation in exacting her murderous revenge. The infamous final scene, in which she kisses Jochanaan's severed head, is one of the most searing endings in all of opera--and one of Nilsson's legendary performances. Karl Böhm, a protégée and collaborator of Strauss, leads a authoritative, colorful, and impassioned rendition of the score, in a performance that also stars Karl Liebl as Herod, Irene Dalis as Herodias, and George Shirley as Narraboth
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

81 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New remastering via 96KHz 24-bit digital converter and Cedar DH2 de-hisser
La fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini( )

29 editions published between 1959 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the action of the opera, based on the play by David Belasco, set at the height of the notorious Californian Gold Rush; this opera represents "a major advance on Puccini's previous work, especially in the careful interweaving of Western elements into an altogether larger canvas than anything he had tackled before."
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

66 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Richard Wagner erscheint bei GoyaLiT sein Meisterwerk "Der Ring des Nibelungen" als Ein-Mann-Hörspiel. Mit seinem Live-Hörspiel-Format Kaminski ON AIR inszeniert Stefan Kaminski das monumentale Meisterwerk um Macht, Liebe, Gier, Rache und die Abgründe der menschlichen Gesellschaft modern und klassisch zugleich. Voller Aberwitz und Komik, sogar Slapstick, dann wieder mit tiefer Tragik in zarten Momenten knapp über der Stille und herrlichem Pathos führt dieser Vierteiler ungebremst in die Apokalypse. Von Musikern begleitet schlüpft der Ausnahmesprecher selbst in alle Rollen, spricht Riesen und Zwerge, Frauen und Männer, Götter und Herrscher, Geliebte und außergewöhnliche Helden. Musik, Atmosphäre und Geräuschmaterial werden live gespielt und erzeugt. "Man sollte den Stoff am besten in groben Zügen kennen, dann nämlich hat man besonders viel Spaß an den Verfremdungen. Kaminskis Ring-Version hat viele parodistische Elemente, macht sich aber nie lustig. Und bei allen klanglichen Unterschieden: Textlich bleibt er nah bei Wagner, durchsetzt die Geschichte dazu mit einer gehörigen Portion Moderne - und mit Zitaten aus Shakespeares "Hamlet" oder Tolkiens "Herr der Ringe". Jeder der vier Teile klingt anders: Das sphärische Rheingold wird gefolgt von der erdig-dumpfen Walküre voller Tuba- und Cello-Klängen, während Siegfried an vielen Stellen wie ein 80er-Jahre-Neue-Deutsche-Welle-Pop-Musical daherkommt" (
Fidelio op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

65 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For two centuries Fidelio's story of the power of love to fight tyranny and political oppression has inspired freedom fighters around the world. Beethoven's music uniquely captures the essence of the indomitable human spirit at its most noble. This cathartic performance, brilliantly led by Karl Böhm, brings together two legendary artists in their glorious prime: Jon Vickers as the unjustly imprisoned Florestan who is rescued by his faithful wife, Leonore, the great Birgit Nilsson in her very first performance of the role at the Met. Hermann Uhde is the malevolent Don Pizarro
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Visual )

39 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great soprano Birgit Nilsson stars in her signature role of Isolde in this historic performance filmed live at the Theatre Antique d'Orange in France in 1973. Jon Vickers co-stars as Tristan in this famed production, which is performed under the musical direction of the legendary conductor Karl Böhm. This historic film of Wagner's monumental opera, performed by this incomparable cast, has been restored and digitally re-mastered
Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber( Recording )

53 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oberon: Romantische Oper in drei Akten. Libretto: James Robinson Planché
Symphony no. 6 'Pastorial' 'Egmont'-- overture & incidental music ; Overtures-- 'Prometheus' & 'Coriolan' by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

6 editions published in 2003 in 3 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

46 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schwarzkopf samlingen
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

36 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's sumptuous and magical fairy tale receives an authoritative performance conducted by the great Karl Böhm, a protégé of the composer, in his last Met broadcast. The extraordinary cast is led by Leonie Rysanek as the Empress, the "woman without a shadow" of the title, who stars opposite James King as the ethereal Emperor, Walter Berry as the goodhearted Barak the Dyer, Ursula Schröder-Feinen as the hapless Dyer's Wife, and Mignon Dunn as the sinister Nurse
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the violent revenge of Elektra, mourning the murder of her father by his wife and her lover
The golden ring by Humphrey Burton( Visual )

15 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary account of the recording sessions for Die Götterdämmerung, starring Birgit Nilsson, Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau, Wolfgang Windgassen, Gottlob Frick, and Claire Watson, with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. Explains the techniques involved in recording such a work, and includes the immolation scene, Siegfried's funeral march, and the act 2 vengeance trio
My memoirs in pictures by Birgit Nilsson( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

3 editions published between 1961 and 1966 in Italian and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birugitto niruson : opera ni sasageta shōgai by Birgit Nilsson( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Birgit Nilsson opera singer

Birgit Nilsson ruotsalainen sopraano

Birgit Nilsson schwedische Opernsängerin (Sopran)

Birgit Nilsson soprano svedese

Birgit Nilsson svensk sångare

Birgit Nilsson svensk sanger

Birgit Nilsson svensk songar

Birgit Nilsson szwedzka śpiewaczka operowa (sopran)

Birgit Nilsson Zweeds zanger

Birgit Nilsson Zweeds zangeres

Birgit Nilssonová

Niklasson, Birgit.

Niklasson, Birgit 1918-2005

Nilsson, Birgit.

Nilsson, Märta Birgit.

Nilsson, Märta Birgit 1918-2005

Svennsson, Birgit.

Svennsson, Birgit 1918-2005

Svennsson, Märta Birgit 1918-2005

Svensson, Märta Birgit 1918-2005

Біргіт Нільсан

Бірґіт Нільссон

Нильссон, Биргит

בירגיט נילסון

بيرجيت نيلسون

بیرگیت نیلسون خواننده سوئدی

เบอร์จิต นิลส์สัน

비르기트 닐손

ニルソン, ビルギット



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