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Nilsson, Birgit

Works: 1,823 works in 5,002 publications in 9 languages and 50,718 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Live sound recordings  Drama  Excerpts  Musical settings  Biographies  Art music  Arrangements (Music)  Librettos  Opera adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, s=s, Interviewee, Other, Commentator, Honoree, Contributor, Narrator, Author of introduction, htt, sop, Instrumentalist, Creator, Actor, Speaker
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Birgit Nilsson
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( )

247 editions published between 1959 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 3,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This broadcast captures legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson at the height of her artistry in what was arguably her greatest role--Wagner's Isolde. She is joined by Jess Thomas, who gives a heroic performance as Tristan. The stellar cast also includes Giorgio Tozzi as King Marke, the man Isolde is forced to marry, Irene Dalis as Brangäne, Isolde's confidante, and William Dooley as Kurwenal, Tristan's faithful friend. The great Erich Leinsdorf conducts
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( )

209 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 3,383 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( )

224 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,867 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
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

146 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,974 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
Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

110 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the great broadcasts in Met history, this performance of Strauss's stunning one-act drama truly deserves the adjective "legendary." The incomparable Birgit Nilsson delivers a searing portrayal of the title heroine, the Greek princess obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, Agamemnon. A passionate Leonie Rysanek is her sister, Chrysothemis, who longs for a normal life and begs Elektra to give up her fixation. Thomas Stewart sings Orest, their brother, and Jean Madeira, in her final Met appearance, gives a chilling performance as Klytämnestra, Elektra's mother. Strauss friend and protégé Karl Böhm conducts with unmatched authority and passion
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( )

147 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siegfried Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor Birgit Nilsson, soprano Hans Hotter, bass-baritone Gerhard Stolze, tenor Gustav Neidlinger, bass-baritone Joan Sutherland, soprano Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Georg Solti, conductor Libretto included
Salome by Richard Strauss( Recording )

116 editions published between 1959 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,790 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
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

103 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,554 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
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( )

54 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( )

49 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 892 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
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

75 editions published between 1973 and 2020 in 5 languages and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El anillo del nibelungo en alemán, es un ciclo de cuatro óperas épicas, basadas libremente en figuras y elementos de la mitología germánica, particularmente las Sagas islandesas. Estas operas son, El oro del Rin (Das Rheingold), La valquiria (Die Walküre), Sigfrido (Siegfried) y El ocaso de los dioses (Götterdämmerung)
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini( )

46 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book (125 p. :
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

38 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schwarzkopf samlingen
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( )

17 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An all-star cast--Birgit Nilsson, Jean Madeira, Richard Tucker, and Robert Merrill--brings Verdi's towering tragedy to life in this dramatic performance. Nilsson is Amelia, the young woman trapped in an impossible dilemma: she loves Riccardo, the governor (Tucker), whose closest friend and advisor is her husband, Renato (Merrill). When Renato discovers her secret, he joins a conspiracy to kill Riccardo. Add the dire predictions of the fortuneteller Ulrica (Madeira), and you have one of opera's most powerful dramas. Nello Santi conducts
Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber( )

58 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded in Munich, Herkulessaal der Residenz, March and December, 1970
Aida : (highlights) by Giuseppe Verdi( )

10 editions published between 1975 and 2000 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features highlights from Riccardo Muti's interpretation of Verdi's Aida, whose cast includes Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( )

39 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macbeth and Banquo encounter three prophesying witches on their journey home from battle. Macbeth's ambitions are kindled by the witches' prediction that he will someday be king. In an effort to hasten the prophecy, he and Lady Macbeth plot the murders of those in the way. Under the strain of the heinous crimes, Lady Macbeth dies and Macbeth edges toward insanity. In the tragic climax, Macbeth is killed in a duel and Malcolm becomes king
Der Ring des Nibelungen : great scenes by Richard Wagner( )

18 editions published between 1966 and 1998 in German and Undetermined and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's four-part Ring cycle is a tale of jealousy, greed, and the struggle for power. This CD includes seven of its most impressive, overwhelming, and beautiful scenes
The three sopranos by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf( )

7 editions published in 2007 in 3 languages and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

27 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the violent revenge of Elektra, mouring the murder of her father by his wife and her lover, transformed by Richard Strauss into a vivid and emotionally compelling score
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Birgit Nilssonová

Birgit Nilssonová švédská operní pěvkyně

Birgitta Nilsson

Niklasson, Birgit

Niklasson, Birgit 1918-2005

Nilson Birgit

Nilsson, Birgit.

Nilsson Märta Birgit

Nilsson, Märta Birgit 1918-2005

Svennsson, Birgit

Svennsson, Birgit 1918-2005

Svennsson Märta Birgit

Svennsson, Märta Birgit 1918-2005

Svensson, Märta Birgit

Svensson, Märta Birgit 1918-2005

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