Personalities | Birgit Nilsson | Contemporary | Classical

Swedish soprano

Nilsson made her debut as Agathe (Der Freischütz) in Stockholm in 1946. She sang many German and Italian roles there before her Glyndebourne debut as Mozart’s Elettra (Idomeneo) in 1951. In the 1950s she became known as a Wagner specialist, singing regularly at Bayreuth 1957–70. She frequently appeared at Covent Garden from 1957, singing Turandot, Leonore (Fidelio) and Elektra, as well as Brünnhilde and Isolde. Her Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1959 as Isolde. Notable recordings are her Brünnhilde and Isolde under both Solti and Böhm.

Introduction | Contemporary | Classical
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