The Royal Opera House celebrates Birgit Nilsson 100 years

By on December 6, 2017
Enar Merkel Rydberg

The Royal Opera House celebrates one of Sweden’s premier icons throughout the ages – Birgit Nilsson – on the scene where she got her breakthrough in 1948 and also made her last major role in 1981. It is offered at an exclusive Jubilee concert on Saturday 19th of May, including the world soprano Nina Stemme, the Royal Court Chapel and conductor Alan Gilbert in the lead.

– It will be an exclusive concert that will only take place once and for all. In addition to Nina Stemme, we also engage young stars, who have recently broke through in the international opera world, says CEO and Opera Manager Birgitta Svendén.

In addition to Nina Stemme and the internationally sought after tenor Michael Weinius, performance two Swedish sopranoas who recently conquered two of the world’s most prestigious awards: recently, Cornelia Beskow took a grand slam in Lauritz Melchior Competition, while Christina Nilsson won the Renata Tebaldi Voice Competition last autumn. The jubilee concert is led by maestro Alan Gilbert, who makes a rare performance in Stockholm.

Birgit Nilsson and the Royal Opera are a synonymous concept in the opera world. After Birgit’s debut and breakthrough in 1946 with Agathe in Friskytten and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Birgit soon came to put the international opera world at her feet. At the same time she regularly returned to her home theater. Her last role on the Royal Opera’s scene, she made in 1981 as Brünnhilde in Valkyrian. Overall, she did no less than 35 roles, of which several for the first time.

Birgit Nilsson, 100 years, begins at the Royal Opera with the Jubilee Concert May 19, 2018 and ends with the Birgit Nilsson Prize in October 2018. The Royal Opera also plans a Birgit Nilsson 100-year exhibition around in the opera house and a special guided tour for all Swedish and foreign tourists who are curious on Sweden’s biggest opera star over the years.

Tickets for the Jubilee concert are available at operan.se

Tickets for the guided tour will be released under spring 2018.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm
MyGuide2Stockholm

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