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La Nilsson : my life in opera

Author: Birgit Nilsson; Doris Jung Popper
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press ; Hanover, NH : Published by University Press of New England, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"First published to wide acclaim in Sweden (1995) and in Germany (1997), the autobiography of opera legend Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005) is finally available in an English translation. From her humble roots in rural Sweden to her artistic triumphs in Stockholm, Bayreuth, Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera House, this candid memoir reveals the personality behind one of the great voices of the past century." "Weaving  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Nilsson, Birgit.
Nilsson.
Boston : Northeastern University Press ; Hanover, NH : Published by University Press of New England, c2007
(OCoLC)639365083
Named Person: Birgit Nilsson; Birgit Nilsson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Birgit Nilsson; Doris Jung Popper
ISBN: 9781555536701 1555536700
OCLC Number: 76961343
Description: xii, 308 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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 --
Rudolf Bing --
City of my dreams --
In a word --
Bayreuth --
Buenos Aires --
The battle of the high Cs --
Beautiful Italy --
Fans, fanatics, and experts --
Making recordings --
Bertil, my number one admirer.
Other Titles: Nilsson.
Responsibility: Birgit Nilsson ; foreword by Sir Georg Solti ; afterword by Peggy Tueller ; translated from the German by Doris Jung Popper.
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"Nilsson includes all the relevant facts and figures as she outline her life. She also reveals herself as a slyly humorous lady and talks about her feelings about music and colleagues." --American Read more...

 
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