On May 17, 2018, it is exactly a hundred years since Birgit Nilsson was born. Information on events relating to the anniversary is found here. Stay on this page to read about events arranged at/by the Museum.

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Unique disc - Vaino's songs

Fascinating fragments of the young Birgit Nilsson On May 12, 1948, Birgit Nilsson, fresh from her latest Royal Opera success as the Feldmarschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, took part in a broadcast con-cert for the Union of Swedish Musical Artists. She sang Vaino’s songs from Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s Arnljot. These songs were part of Nilsson’s earliest repertoire. She sang the second song – with Elisabeth’s prayer from Tannhӓuser – at her first audition for the Music Academy in Stockholm in September, 1941 and must have studied it with her first teacher, Ragnar Blennow. This lacquer disc from the radio concert – it regrettably runs out just before the end of the second song – is the only documentation of Nilsson in this music and as far as we know her second solo recording. Had there been more lacquer discs ready we also might have been able to hear the upcoming Wagnerian as Gilda (!) in the Rigoletto quartet, which ended this broadcast seventy years ago. Birgit Nilsson is accompanied by the Swedish Radio Orchestra conducted by Ivar Hellman. This unique disc was for decades preserved in the collection of Karl-Ludvig Wiechel, Saltsjӧbaden. It is now owned by Lars Thelander, Malmӧ, and Gӧran Sӧderwall, Stockholm. (Playing time 5’48’’) Stefan Johansson You can buy the disc in the shop at Birgit Nilsson Museum from Sunday, August 12. Price 50 SEK.

Music and Encounters


This summer, the Birgit Nilsson Museum and the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society welcome you to no less than five Sunday evenings of Music and Encounters. Download a folder with the programme.
June 17 Concert with the Aurora Lillieros scholarship recipient of the year, mezzo soprano Josefin Andersson, awarded by Fredrika Bremer Förbundets Stipendiestiftelse. The soprano Sibylle Glosted will also participate in the concert. July 1 - sold out "My fantastic theatre years" - Marianne Mörck. July 15 "From Aida to Sieglinde" - Helena Döse accompanied by Thomas Schuback. July 22 - sold out "Festive concert" with Elisabeth Strid, soprano, and Sebastian Rosacker, bass-baritone. Accompanied by Bosse Ericsson. July 29 "The music in my life" - Bengt Hall. When: 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. (with pause) Where: Birgit Nilsson Museum Tickets: SEK 200/person incl. coffee and homemade cake. For members of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society: SEK 150/person. Ticket reservation by e-mail to: Tickets are purchased by payment to the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society's bankgiro: 624-2457. Remember to include what event/date your purchase is for, name, and contact information, preferably your e-mail address. International payments are made to swift/BIC: HANDSESS and IBAN (International Bank Account Number): SE836000 0000 0007 2612 3102. It is possible to pay at the door. However, we can only accept cash payment in this case. Please contact the Museum if you have any questions: (+46) (0)431 31 18 60.

Båstad Chamber Music Festival

As has become a tradition, the Båstad Chamber Music Festival arranges a breakfast concert at the Birgit Nilsson Museum. The theme of the festival in 2018 is "From where comes the music?" Barbara Hendricks and Roland Pöntinen, music by Wagner-Liszt, Sibelius, and others. Barbro Hedvall in conversation with Barbara Hendricks. Roland Pöntinen on the piano. Where: The Birgit Nilsson Museum When: June 27 Time: Breakfast is served from 8 am. Concert starts at 9 am. Tickets: the Båstad Chamber Music Festival, SEK 340 (incl. breakfast)

The Museum's celebration concert

The highlight of the anniversary will be our celebration concert on Saturday, August 11. You'll find all information on this exclusive event at Celebration concert: Birgit Nilsson 100 years

Master Class


This year's Master Class is taught by Court singer Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, August 27 - September 2, at the Birgit Nilsson Museum. Elisabeth Boström from the Malmö Opera will be accompanying, with the assistance of Ludvig Nilsson from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The Master Class week ends with a concert in the Västra Karup church, Birgit Nilsson's own home church. Arranged by the Birgit Nilsson Museum and the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society. Fee: SEK 8000 (incl. accomodation in a double room and meals) When: August 27 - September 2, 2018 Application We wish to have received your application no later than June 15, 2018. Include a short description of yourself, your merits and a song sample (opera aria and romance). Send your application by e-mail to:

Master Class Concert and Audience tickets


Master Class concert in the Västra Karup church, audience tickets

The Master Class week ends with a concert with the song students in the Västra Karup church. During the week that's passed, the students have been taught by Court Singer Karl-Magnus Fredriksson. Now, in a joint concert, they let us take part of their vocal development. It is possible to experience the Master Class as audience from Tuesday, August 28 to Friday, August 31. Concert Sunday, September 2 3 p.m. The Västra Karup church Tickets: SEK 200 (members of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society, SEK 150) Audience tickets Available from Tuesday, August 28 to Friday, August 31 11 a.m.-4.30 p.m. (lunch break 1.30-3 p.m.) The Birgit Nilsson Museum Tickets: SEK 125/day (members of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society, SEK 100/day) Concert and audience tickets are purchased by transfer to the bank account (bankgiro) of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society: 624 2457. Please note your name, e-mail, the date of the event and the number of persons. It is possible to reserve your ticket by e-mail to the Society: or phoning the Birgit Nilsson Museum: (+46) (0)431-311 860. In this case, you pay in cash at the door at the time of the event. Please note, we can only accept cash payment.