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Nilsson, Birgit

Works: 864 works in 3,348 publications in 9 languages and 37,129 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Biography  Action and adventure films  Filmed operas  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Fantasy films  Excerpts 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Other, Commentator, Interviewee, Narrator, Actor, sop, Author of introduction
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

184 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,953 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
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

194 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,942 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)
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

195 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,290 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 )

128 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,089 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( )

122 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,668 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
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

90 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,393 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
Salome by Richard Strauss( Recording )

105 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,254 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
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( )

50 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 930 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
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

72 editions published between 1960 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 737 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 : (highlights) by Giuseppe Verdi( )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in Italian and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features highlights from Riccardo Muti's interpretation of Verdi's Aida, whose cast includes Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo
Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber( Recording )

57 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oberon: Romantische Oper in drei Akten. Libretto: James Robinson Planché
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

49 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

37 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 538 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
Symphony no. 6 'Pastorial' ; Egmont. Overture & incidental music ; Overtures : Prometheus ; Coriolan by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

7 editions published in 2003 in 3 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

71 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 489 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( Recording )

38 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book (125 p. :
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

34 editions published between 1970 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Videocassette release of the opera by Richard Strauss based on Sophocles' play about the violent revenge of Elektra
Der Ring des Nibelungen : orchestral excerpts = selection orchestrale = Orchesterstücke by Richard Wagner( )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

7 grote scenes uit Richard Wagner's: "Der Ring des Nibelungen."
The three sopranos by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf( )

6 editions published in 2007 in 3 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini( )

29 editions published between 1959 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 343 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."
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Birgit Nilsson opera singer

Birgit Nilsson ruotsalainen sopraano

Birgit Nilsson schwedische Opernsängerin (Sopran)

Birgit Nilsson soprano svedese

Birgit Nilsson svensk operasångerska

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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