Birgit Nilsson

1918 - 2005

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Märta Birgit Nilsson (17 May 1918 – 25 December 2005) was a celebrated Swedish dramatic soprano. Although she sang a wide répertoire 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 340,023 page views. Her biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Birgit Nilsson is the 163rd most popular singer (down from 130th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 111th in 2019) and the 4th most popular 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.

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  • 49

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  • 3.42

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Among singers, Birgit Nilsson ranks 163 out of 3,528Before her are Mirella Freni, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Chester Bennington, John Denver, Bob Geldof, and Alessandro Moreschi. After her are Eduard Khil, Engelbert Humperdinck, Anatoliy Solovianenko, Ivan Rebroff, Celia Cruz, and Ben E. King.

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Among people born in 1918, Birgit Nilsson ranks 37Before her are Muriel Spark, Kai Siegbahn, Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, Martin Ryle, Bertram Brockhouse, and Pavlik Morozov. After her are Jerome Karle, André Bazin, Lila Kedrova, Günther Rall, Jens Christian Skou, and Ahmed Deedat. Among people deceased in 2005, Birgit Nilsson ranks 41Before her are Joseph Rotblat, Ibrahim Ferrer, George Dantzig, Lucien Laurent, Robert Wise, and Brother Roger. After her are Ahmed Deedat, John Fowles, Hunter S. Thompson, Wim Duisenberg, Peter Benenson, and Mary Jackson.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Birgit Nilsson ranks 128 out of 1,612Before her are Björn Andrésen (1955), Ingrid Thulin (1926), Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (1912), Bengt I. Samuelsson (1934), Carl Peter Thunberg (1743), and Sune Bergström (1916). After her are Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (1934), Gustav, Prince of Vasa (1799), Lennart Johansson (1929), Charles VII of Sweden (1130), Sigfrid Edström (1870), and Halsten Stenkilsson (1050).

Among SINGERS In Sweden

Among singers born in Sweden, Birgit Nilsson ranks 4Before her are Agnetha Fältskog (1950), Marie Fredriksson (1958), and Jenny Lind (1820). After her are Zarah Leander (1907), Nicolai Gedda (1925), Jussi Björling (1911), Joey Tempest (1963), Basshunter (1984), Lill-Babs (1938), Anette Olzon (1971), and Siw Malmkvist (1936).