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Nilsson, Birgit

Works: 1,201 works in 3,179 publications in 8 languages and 26,723 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical settings  Biography  Operas  Music  Television adaptations  Stories, plots, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Live sound recordings 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Commentator, Other, per, Interviewee, l4, Narrator, Actor, Instrumentalist, Speaker, Author of introduction
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Birgit Nilsson
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

177 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical excerpts drawn from Puccini's Turandot (London 414 274-2) with descriptive narration by Robert Lyall, to promote the upcoming production of the opera on October 21 & 22, 2005 by Opera Grand Rapids in De Vos Hall
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

156 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,868 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 )

183 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,768 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 )

113 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,403 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 )

103 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

83 editions published between 1959 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 997 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 )

74 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New remastering via 96KHz 24-bit digital converter and Cedar DH2 de-hisser
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

57 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fidelio op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

69 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 473 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
Elektra opera in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

21 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Videocassette release of the opera by Richard Strauss based on Sophocles' play about the violent revenge of Elektra
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

50 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schwarzkopf samlingen
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

32 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the story of the Verdi 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( Recording )

34 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 341 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
La fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini( )

26 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 300 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."
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

43 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book (125 p. :
James Levine's 25th anniversary by James Levine( Recording )

2 editions published in 1996 in German and French and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tristan et Isolde drame lyrique en 3 actes by Richard Wagner( Visual )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in German and Undetermined and held by 255 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
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

30 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 230 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( Recording )

40 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oberon: Romantische Oper in drei Akten. Libretto: James Robinson Planché
The ultimate divas album( Recording )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and Italian and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
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

ニルソン, ビルギット

German (797)

Italian (279)

English (67)

Swedish (15)

French (6)

Spanish (3)

Danish (2)

Germanic (1)

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