First published to wide acclaim in Sweden (1995) and Germany (1997), the autobiography of opera legend Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) is finally available in an English translation (itself first published by Northeastern University Press in 2007). From her humble roots in rural Sweden to her artistic triumphs in Stockholm, Bayreuth, Milan and the Metropolitan Opera House, this candid and utterly charming memoir reveals the personality behind one of the great voices of the past century. Gracefully weaving together the private and professional, Nilsson chronicles her idyllic childhood in Vastra Karup, the early recognition of her abilities and her first tentative steps into a wider artistic world. After achieving national acclaim in Verdi's Lady Macbeth, Nilsson went on to establish herself as the dominant Wagnerian soprano of her generation. The book details her rise to international stardom with behind-the-scenes recollections, photographs and a discography.
|Publisher:||Verlag fur moderne Kunst|
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Table of Contents
Foreword - Georg Solti
My Debut at the Met
When the Little One Came into the World
The Royal Academy of Music and the Opera School in Stockholm, 1941-1946
The Stockholm Opera
City of My Dreams
In a Word—Bayreuth
The Battle of the High Cs
Fans, Fanatics, and Experts
Bertil, My Number One Admirer
Afterword - Peggy Tueller
Honors and Awards
What People are Saying About This
"Birgit Nilsson wrote exactly as she spoke, which makes her autobiography most pleasurable reading; and Doris Jung Popper in her translation has caught the flavor remarkably well. Music lovers should really enjoy this book!"
"Finally we all can read Birgit Nilsson's delicious memoir, packed with her candid, funny, and wise recollections of a legendary career. It's all here, from Karajan and Corelli to Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner and Rudolf Bing, as well as her beloved husband, Bertil. This is truly Birgit's voice, in the excellent translation by Doris Jung Popper."