On May 17, 2018, Birgit Nilsson, celebrated Swedish dramatic soprano, would have celebrated her 100th birthday.
Arguably the last of the “true” Wagnerians, she was by no means limited to Wagner. Her Isolde and Brünnhilde together with Salome, Elektra, Dyer’s Wife and Turandot were often collectively referred to as the “Nilsson repertoire”.
Birgit 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.
The Birgit Nilsson Foundation is preparing a commemorative book for Birgit Nilsson’s Centennial in 2018. This book will consist of text contributions by various authors and a collection of photographs with Birgit Nilsson in her greatest roles. More specifically: with text contributions from about twenty prominent members of the music world and collected photographs of Birgit Nilsson in her various roles from all major opera houses around the world!
Accompanies the Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA which will open Fall 2018 or Spring 2019