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Birgit Nilsson: 100

An Homage

Edited by Rutbert Reisch. Text by Gabriel Bacquier, Peter Blaha, Rupert Christiansen, Jens Malte Fischer, Mirella Freni, Richard Gaddes, Elvio Giudici, Clemens Hellsberg, Marilyn Horne, Speight Jenkins, Stefan Johansson, Brian Large, James Levine, Christa Ludwig, J. F. Mastroianni, Martha Mödl, John Mordler, Riccardo Muti, Otto Schenk, Valerie Solti, Nina Stemme, Paul Thomason, Sir John Tooley, Barry Tucker, Astrid Varnay, Edgar Vincent, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, Zachary Woolfe.

Featured image, of Birgit Nilsson performing in "Elektra" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, May, 1969, is reproduced from 'Birgit Nilsson: 100.' Photo credit © Zoë Dominic.

Though arguably the last of the “true” Wagnerians, Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) was by no means limited to Wagner in her repertoire. Her roles as Isolde, Brünnhilde, Salome, Elektra, Dyer’s Wife and Turandot were often collectively referred to as the “Nilsson repertoire.” Nilsson’s voice was capable of flooding an opera house with oceans of sound, which no commercial recording has ever been able to capture; recordings of live opera broadcasts however come much closer to the real Nilsson voice. This book celebrates the centennial of Nilsson’s birth, with texts from prominent members of the music world and photographs of the singer’s greatest roles.


Featured image, of Birgit Nilsson performing in "Elektra" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, May, 1969, is reproduced from 'Birgit Nilsson: 100.' Photo credit © Zoë Dominic.

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Almost like a thunderbolt out of the sky: Birgit Nilsson

Almost like a thunderbolt out of the sky: Birgit Nilsson

Featured images—of Birgit Nilsson taking her curtain call after a September 1966 performance of Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, New York—are reproduced from Verlag für modern Kunst's exquisite new 712-page homage to the Swedish soprano. Often referred to as the last of the true Wagnerians, Nilsson was "one of the most magnificent opera singers of all time," according to Placido Domingo. He describes his first experience performing with her in Turandot: "Turandot was sitting in her palace, high above the arena's enormous stage, and Birgit's voice seemed to me almost like a thunderbolt out of the sky. I don't know why—maybe for acoustical reasons, maybe for psychological ones—but the farther away I stood, the more monumental her voice seemed. Sometimes I was so overwhelmed with admiration that I almost forgot to sing my own part. It was one of the high points of my life, not only as an artist but also as a worshipper of great singing." This book is produced to the highest possible printing standards, with special details like a clothbound, magnetized slipcase and a removable facsimile of the 500 Swedish krona banknote with Nilsson's portrait on it. Also available: Nilsson's autobiography, La Nilsson: My Life in Opera. continue to blog


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