The Birgit Nilsson Days
“In interview journalists often ask in which place I have sung the longest or where I prefer to perform” reminisced Birgit in 1982. “Quite reflectively, I usually say that at the Stockholm Opera I have sung for 35 years, in Vienna and Munich 28, at the Metropolitan 22 and so on. It was not until now that it struck me that in my hometown of Västra Karup I have sung the longest.”
The 2021 Birgit Nilsson Days kick off for the fourth year in a row on 9 August in Västra Karup. With a focus on “home grown” talent, the week begins with four days of masterclasses at the Birgit Nilsson Museum led by Soprano, Miah Persson, and culminates in three concerts at the church of Västra Karup on 12, 13 and 14 August.
Master class 2021
From 9 – 12 August, Miah Persson leads eight young Swedish Opera singers, all on the brink of their professional careers, through four days of masterclasses. At the end of the course the participants will perform in recital at the church of Västra Karup on Thursday 12 August
Birgit Nilsson Stipendium
Soprano Johanna Wallroth will be presented with this year’s Birgit Nilsson Stipendium on Friday 13 August at Västra Karup church, following which she will give a recital with pianist Magnus Svensson.
"In Birgits footsteps" - Opera Concert
The 2021 Birgit Nilsson Days conclude on Saturday 14 August at 18.00 with a special concert entitled “In Birgit’s footsteps.” Miah Persson leads a cast of talented young Swedish singers, including present and past recipients of the Birgit Nilsson Stipendium – Soprano, Johanna Wallroth (2021 recipient), mezzo-Soprano, Emma Sventelius (2020 recipient), Joel Annmo Tenor and Bass-Baritone, Henning von Schuman (2016 recipient).
The programme, comprising arias and scenes from Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Lohengrin and Der Rosenkavalier, will be accompanied by pianist Elisabeth Boström. Speaker Stefan Johansson.