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 repertory 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 296,089 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Birgit Nilsson is the 130th most popular singer (up from 197th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 172nd 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.

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  • 45

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  • 6.92

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  • 2.99

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Among singers, Birgit Nilsson ranks 130 out of 3,541Before her are Celia Cruz, Annie Lennox, Lola Flores, Kris Kristofferson, Dieter Bohlen, and Bruce Dickinson. After her are Jon Bon Jovi, Maria Malibran, Gilbert Bécaud, Grace Jones, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Sandra.

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Among people born in 1918, Birgit Nilsson ranks 29Before her are James Tobin, Maurice Druon, Rosalia Lombardo, Muriel Spark, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Martin Ryle. After her are Franco Modigliani, André Bazin, Ernst Otto Fischer, Kai Siegbahn, Jens Christian Skou, and Frederick Reines. Among people deceased in 2005, Birgit Nilsson ranks 35Before her are Joseph Rotblat, Maria Schell, Lucien Laurent, Moustapha Akkad, John Fowles, and Milton Obote. After her are Ibrahim Ferrer, George F. Kennan, Brother Roger, Aslan Maskhadov, Ahmed Deedat, and Edward Heath.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Birgit Nilsson ranks 111 out of 1,296Before her are Bertil Ohlin (1899), Sverker I of Sweden (1100), Carl Peter Thunberg (1743), Emund the Old (1030), Lennart Torstensson (1603), and Canute I of Sweden (1150). After her are Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (1700), Harriet Andersson (1932), Nils Liedholm (1922), Claes Oldenburg (1929), Ulf von Euler (1905), and Gunnar Gren (1920).

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 Zarah Leander (1907), Nicolai Gedda (1925), Jussi Björling (1911), Joey Tempest (1963), Anette Olzon (1971), Lill-Babs (1938), Monica Zetterlund (1937), and Siw Malmkvist (1936).