Past events 2013

Performance

On October 11, Birgit Nilsson Museum and the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society celebrated Birgit's name day by arranging an inspiring evening with performance and lectures. After yet another wonderful autumn day, as the sun was setting, the audience took their places in the concert hall after having visited the Stables café one last time. Kristina Selén began with giving a personal and detailed presentation of the first part of the evening; the Romantic concert. Then, Cornelia Beskow took place on stage to give a beautiful, strong and moving interpretation of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder to the eminent accompaniment of Christen Stubbe Teglbjærg. There was no doubt that we were listening to talents that we will hear much more of in the future. After a short break, the evening continued with a travel back in time to the late 1800's. Kristina Selén was our escort and Cornelia Beskow and Christen Stubbe Teglbjærg were the illustrators. With great professionalism and humour, Kristina let the audience get an idea and a feel for Anna Bahr Mildenburg's thoughts on theatrical action to Wagner's music. Cornelia Beskow sang specially selected parts of Tristan and Isolde with an acting technique that today can be perceived as exaggerated, but which clearly communicates what the composer is wanting to express through the music. A very engaging evening with outstanding singing. We would like to thank the participants for making the celebration of Birgit's name day to such a success, and we wish them the best of luck with future engagements and with hopes to see them again!

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Kristina Selén

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Christen Stubbe Teglbjærg och Cornelia Beskow

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Christen Stubbe Teglbjærg och Cornelia Beskow

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Cornelia Beskow

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Cornelia Beskow

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The Birgit Nilsson Stipend award 2013

On Saturday, September 7, this year’s two scholarship receivers were awarded the Birgit Nilsson Stipend, a stipend founded by Birgit Nilsson in memory of her voice teacher Ragnar Blennow. The lyric soprano Sofie Asplund and the baritone Fredrik Zetterström received the stipend, awarded during a ceremony at Malmö Opera. Sofie Asplund is just about to finish her graduate studies at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. The coming season, she will perform at Malmö Opera in the production of The Knight of the Rose (Der Rosenkavalier). Fredrik Zetterström is since many years one of the leading baritones in Sweden. Earlier this year, he was given the magazine Opera’s prestigious prize, and in May he performed in the title-role of Lear at Malmö Opera.

Talks

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Henrik Nebelong, Gitta-Maria Sjöberg and Thomas Rischel

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Stig Fogh Andersen

On July 8 and July 15, Birgit Nilsson Museum in co-operation with the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society, organised two different lectures. July 8 On the first lecture, we listened to the Wagner expert Henry Nebelong, who talked about Wagner and the source of his inspiration for his famous love opera Tristan and Isolde. We also had the great pleasure to hear the much celebrated soprano Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, who is also the chairman of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society, perform Wagner’s Wiesendonk lieder, accompanied by Thomas Rischel on the grand piano. July 15 This evening, the Royal Danish Opera Singer Stig Fogh Andersen talked about “The Lord of the Rings” production, such as it is performed in late summer at Christian's Church in Copenhagen, directed by Fogh Andersen himself. He told about its interpretation and the directions of the production.

The Western Bjäre Piano Days

The Piano Days in the church of Västra Karup have - for the third year in a row - been the result of a collaboration between Birgit Nilsson Museum and Western Bjäre Parishes. A collaboration both much appreciated and fruitful. The Western Bjäre Piano Days started with a kick-off at Birgit Nilsson Museum on July 9, 18.00, with speech and mingling. A few hours later, the first of in total three concerts, started in the church of Västra Karup - the very same church in which Birgit Nilsson herself performed many, many times, and where she is now resting. Program of The Western Bjäre Piano Days: July 9, 20.00 - Carl Petersson: Java-suite by Leopold Godowsky July 11, 20.00 - Agnes Wästfelt & Akane Kusakabe: Nordic romance evening July 13, 20.00 - Martin Chan & John Zhang: Stravinskij, Brahm, Liszt

Båstad Chamber Music Festival - Morgondagg (Morning Dew)

Early on June 25, the visitors gathered in the Stables café to indulge in a delicious breakfast. They could enjoy a calm and pleasant start of the day before the doors to the concert hall were opened an hour later and the concert of the day, Morgondagg, could begin. The audience took their place and Miako Klein played Synrix by Claude Debussy on the flute, followed by KAGE by Roderick De Man - an astonishing interaction between electronics and musician. From the Henschel Quartet we could enjoy the String Quartet G Minor op. 10 by Claude Debussy. Imagine a better way to start a summer's day!

The Birgit week-end

On the 17th of May, Birgit Nilsson would have turned 95 years old. In honour of Birgit, we wanted to bring attention to this anniversary. Birgit Nilsson Museum, the municipality of Båstad, Båstad tourism and the Swedish church, in close co-operation and with the participation of many other parties, presented an unforgettable “Birgit week-end” on May 17-19. The celebration started with the unveiling of the sculpture Birgit. The Bjäre choir festival was commenced in the church of Västra Karup, with 120 choir members from the four church choirs of Bjäre and the soloists Hillevi Martinpelto, Joachim Bäckström and Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, who filled the evening with joy and beautiful singing. Read more about the week-end See the program of the week-end 2010-2012, 2014, 2015, 2016