Birgit Nilsson

1918 - 2005

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Märta Birgit Nilsson (17 May 1918 – 25 December 2005) was a Swedish dramatic soprano. Although she sang a wide repertoire of operatic and vocal works, Nilsson was best known for her performances in the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Birgit Nilsson has received more than 426,955 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Birgit Nilsson is the 176th most popular singer (down from 162nd in 2019), the 138th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 127th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Swedish Singer.

Birgit Nilsson is most famous for her singing voice, which was one of the most powerful in operatic history. She was also known for her portrayal of Wagnerian heroines, such as Isolde in Tristan and Isolde, Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle, and Kundry in Parsifal.

Memorability Metrics

  • 430k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 62.00

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 50

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.40

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.35

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Birgit Nilsson ranks 176 out of 4,381Before her are Claude François, Desireless, Ivan Rebroff, Charles Trenet, Jon Bon Jovi, and Tom Jones. After her are Suzi Quatro, Paul Anka, Tom Morello, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Basshunter, and Little Richard.

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Among people born in 1918, Birgit Nilsson ranks 46Before her are Yasuhiro Nakasone, Julian Schwinger, Hans Scholl, Patricio Aylwin, Edward B. Lewis, and Betty Ford. After her are Günther Rall, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Paul D. Boyer, Richard Winters, André Bazin, and Pavlik Morozov. Among people deceased in 2005, Birgit Nilsson ranks 39Before her are Moustapha Akkad, Max Schmeling, Ahmed Deedat, Maria Schell, Mary Jackson, and Brother Roger. After her are John Fowles, George Dantzig, Philip Johnson, Rosemary Kennedy, Ephraim Kishon, and Wim Duisenberg.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Birgit Nilsson ranks 138 out of 1,879Before her are Magnus III of Sweden (1240), Alexander Roslin (1718), Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (1977), Sverker I of Sweden (1100), Stenkil (1030), and Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland (1884). After her are Roy Andersson (1943), Erland Josephson (1923), Carin Göring (1888), Johannes Rydberg (1854), Canute I of Sweden (1150), and Eric XI of Sweden (1216).

Among SINGERS In Sweden

Among singers born in Sweden, Birgit Nilsson ranks 4Before her are Agnetha Fältskog (1950), Jenny Lind (1820), and Marie Fredriksson (1958). After her are Basshunter (1984), Zarah Leander (1907), Nicolai Gedda (1925), Loreen (1983), Jussi Björling (1911), Joey Tempest (1963), Alice Babs (1924), and Siw Malmkvist (1936).