Birgit – jubilee concert at the star’s home theater at a cinema near you

By on May 11, 2018
Enar Merkel Rydberg

The Royal Opera House celebrates Birgit Nilsson – Sweden’s greatest soprano during the time. It will be an exclusive anniversary concert with today’s great opera stars and the Hovkapellet under the direction of Alan Gilbert. When the Opera released the tickets on November 30th, the entire lounge was booked in a couple of minutes – but now there is a chance to experience the concert live on the cinema Saturday 19th May through Folkets hus and parkers cinemas.

Birgit Nilsson always had a special love for that opera house which she always called her home stage, the Royal Opera. Here she started her career with Agathe in Friskytten in 1946 and here she had a premiere of her last role, Färgarfrun in Die Frau ohne Schatten 1975.

At the Royal Opera she sang almost all roles for the first time before she made them on the international opera scene. In total, there were 29 roles and 401 performances. With Brünnhilde in Valkyrian in 1981, she made her last appearance on the Opera, while Operan’s CEO and opera manager Birgitta Svendén made her first valkyria.

“It will be an exclusive concert that will only take place once and for all. In addition to Nina Stemme and Michael Weinius, we also engage young stars like Christina Nilsson and Cornelia Beskow who have recently broke through internationally, and not least Alan Gilbert and the Royal Hovkapellet,” says Birgitta Svendén, who will be the presenter of the jubilee concert.

The jubilee concert will also be available at and will be broadcast retrospectively in Sweden’s Radio P2, but of course it is especially convenient to experience it live at the cinema.

You will find the cinemas that show the concert here>>

The Royal Opera also draws attention to Birgit with an exhibition and guided tour, given in Swedish and English with photographs, costumes and items from our archives and collections. The Birgit shows take place every Saturday from 19 May and every Wednesday-Saturday from 27 June.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music