Past events 2016

Christmas at the Museum

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As the winter days were getting shorter, Mind & Music brightened the afternoon. The beautiful concert programme Christmas at the Museum, performed by Carolina Söderström, Janne Andersson, Pelle Jernryd, and Linn Björklund, got us in the holiday spirit

Master Class

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The Bacarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann. From the left: Felicia Gyllenstig Serrao, Idil Alpsoy, Tanja Soininen, Helena Gedda, Anne Sophie Hjort Ullner, and Noora Karhuluoma. At the piano: Anders Wadenberg.

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Gitta-Maria Sjöberg is handing out diplomas for participation in the Master Class.

On October 2-9, it was again time for a Master Class at Birgit Nilsson Museum! The Master Class was arranged by the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society with support from Helge Ax:son Johnson’s Foundation (Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse) and the Swedish-Danish Culture Fund (Svensk-Danska Kulturfonden). A warm thank you to Hotel and Restaurant Hovs Hallar and the West Bjäre Parish for your support. The opera singer and singing teacher Gitta-Maria Sjöberg together with Matti Borg, vocal coach, and the pianist and accompanist Anders Wadenberg, taught the Master Class. Mette Borg, director and dramaturgist, participated with valuable lectures and analysis. During seven days we had the pleasure to follow six talented opera singers: Noora Karhuluoma: soprano, Tanja Soininen: soprano, Helena Gedda: soprano, Anne Sophie Hjort Ullner: soprano, Idil Alpsoy: mezzo-soprano, and Felicia Gyllenstig Serrao: mezzo-soprano. Audience There was given the possibility to take part of the classes and lectures as audience, something that quite a few chose to do. This provided the opportunity to experience the singers’ development over the week. And what a development! It was indeed an amazing accomplishment, by teachers and students alike. The director and dramaturgist Mette Borg, contracted with the Danish National School of Performing Arts and the Royal Opera Academy (Operaakademiet), gave three talks during the Master Class week: "The History of Song", "Method and Analysis", and "Inspiration". With in-depth knowledge and palpable passion, she provided her audience with new insights and perspectives. Concert On Sunday, October 9, it was on the day 70 years since Birgit Nilsson made her debut on the opera stage in Stockholm, as Agathe in Weber’s opera Der Freischütz. This was also the last day of the Master Class, when the participants were to give a concert in Birgit Nilsson’s home church, the Church of Västra Karup. At 3 p.m. the audience had taken their seats and the concert could begin. Gitta-Maria Sjöberg was the concert’s compere and she gave a beautiful, poetic presentation of the versatile programme. Among other songs, we listened to: Carmen’s Habanera sung by Idil Alpsoy, Donde lieta from La Bohème sung by Anne Sophie Hjort Ullner, Schumann’s Er der herrlichste von allen sung by Helena Gedda, Allmächt'ge Jungfrau from Tannhäuser sung by Tanja Soininen, Romance de l'étoile from L’étoile sung by Felicia Gyllenstig Serrao, and Julia’s aria Eccomi in lieta vesta… Oh, quante volte from I capuleti ed i Montecchi sung by Noora Karhuluoma. As the grand finale, all of the six opera singers sang the Bacarolle from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Such voices, and such beautiful interpretations!

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Gitta-Maria Sjöberg

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Mette Borg

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Matti Borg

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Anders Wadenberg

Music & Encounters: Ragnar Ulfung in conversation with Tom Sandberg

The fourth and final part of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society's popular event took place on Sunday, August 14, when Court Singer Ragnar Ulfung and the music journalist Tom Sandberg visited us. The two talked about the Court Singer's successes and remarkable career on the stages of the world, his international engagements, and family life. Last but not least, we listened to a recording from Carnegie Hall with Ragnar Ulfung and Birgit Nilsson in the final scene of Salome - extraordinary!

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Music & Encounters: Valentin Lundin and Rebecka Elsgard Our Nordic Song Treasure

The last evening in July had a fantastic music experience in store for us - the concert programme Our Nordic Song Treasure. The tenor Valentin Lundin and the classical pianist Rebecka Elsgard presented music compositions by Alfvén, Sibelius, Rangström, Grieg, Stenhammar, and other well-known Nordic composers. Valentin Lundin is a tenor from Malmö, currently studying a master's degree programme in opera song at Universität für Musik Und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna.He is frequently giving concerts and has performed at e.g. Malmö konserthus, Kungsträdgården in Stockholm, and at Jussi Björling themed concerts in New York. Rebecka Elsgard is studying a master's degree programme for pianists at Malmö musikhögskola, for Professor Hans Pålsson. She has played with Norrköpings symfoniorkester, Bråvikens kammarsymfoniker, and Malmö musikhögskolas symfoniorkester, among others.

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Music & Encounters: John Ehde Wo ist die Nilsson..?

John Ehde studied in Vienna for the solo cellist of the Wiener Philharmoniker. In addition to being a superb cellist, he is also a director, magician, teacher, and author. On Sunday, June 17, we got to listen to him tell about his time as a student, memories from Vienna and about this in all aspects unique music universe. With excerpts from selected recordings, the interaction between the cellist and the conductor - or lack thereof - was vividly illustrated. Many detailed anecdotes were on the programme of this evening! In the pause we could recharge our batteries with the Stables café's homemade Apple cake, served with whipped cream.

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Music & Encounters: Berit Lindholm With the Rhinegold in my throat

The popular summer event "Music & Encounters", arranged by the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society, consists of three exciting talks and one concert, on four Sunday evenings in the weeks to come. On Sunday, July 3, we were honoured to present Court Singer Berit Lindholm as our first guest. Berit Lindholm has had a long and very fruitful career with engagements on the most reputable stages and opera houses. She sometimes alternated with Birgit Nilsson, for example when performing in Bayreuth or at the Metropolitan. Berit told many intriguing and personal stories from her career, about her own development as an opera singer, and about conductors and directors. We got to listen to opera excerpts and practice our ability to discern the voices of five great opera singers - and there were those in the audience who could! Our warmest thanks to Berit Lindholm for many good laughs - a Court Singer who certainly knows how to capture her audience, whether as a lecturer or on the opera stage.

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Concert with the Aurora Lillieros Scholarship recipient

The Aurora Lillieros Scholarship was this year awarded to the young mezzo soprano Emma Sventelius. This expressive singer gave a concert that was part of the Båstad Chamber Music Festival, at Birgit Nilsson Museum on Saturday, July 2. The musuem closed as early as 2 p.m and then the preparations for the concert could begin. At 3.30, Emma made her dramatic entrance. On the programme was music by, amongst others, Bizet and Mahler, with Sieczynski's "Wien, Wien, nur du allein" as the last song, to the delight of the audience. Emma was accompanied by the pianist Sofia Nilsson. We wish Emma the best of luck! The concert continued with Brahms's Trio Es-Dur op. 40 for violin, horn and piano, performed by David Grimal, Scabolcs Zempléni och Denés Varjon.

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Jacob Kellermann and Friends

We are proud to once again have been part of the Båstad Chamber Music Festival, this year on the theme "Vienna, Berlin, New York". On Tuesday, June 28 we started the morning with a much appreciated breakfast in our Stables café. An hour later the audience took their seats in the exhibition hall, for the moment turned into a small scale concert venue, to listen to the guitarrist Jacob Kellermann and friends; Ylvali Zilliacus on the viola, Camilla Hoitenga on the flute, Eva Steinaa on the oboe, and Sonia Wieder-Atherton, who played the cello.

The Birgit Nilsson Scholarship Award Ceremony

The Board of the Scholarship Foundation elected the bass singer Henning von Schulman as recipient of this year's Birgit Nilsson Scholarship. von Schulman has his roots in the town of Visby, has Malmö as his base, and after successful performances at Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, he has recently made his debut on the European opera scene, as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln. The scholarship was awarded at Malmö Opera on May, 21 in connection to a concert with the talented scholarship recipient, accompanied by Elisabeth Boström on the piano. On the programme was music by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Modest Musorgskij, Giuseppe Verdi, and Charles Gounod. The Director of the Malmö Opera and Chairman of the Scholarship Foundation, Bengt Hall, together with board member Margareta Dellefors, awarded the scholarship.

Viva La Nilsson! Concert for the Future

Birgit Nilsson was deeply committed to supporting and encouraging young talented singers in their musical development, something that was manifested in the many Master Classes she taught, and the Scholarship which she established with this particular purpose. On May 17, 2016, Birgit would have celebrated her 98:th birthday. In remembrance of her anniversary, and to follow Birgit's example, the concert Viva La Nilsson! Concert for the Future was arranged. On the day of Pentecost, five gifted singers from the Stockholm University College of Opera gave a tremendously inspiring concert in Birgit's home church, the church of Västra Karup. The concert was presented by the renowned opera singer Gitta-Maria Sjöberg. Majsan Dahling, also from the University College of Opera, accompanied the artists. Viva La Nilsson! Concert for the Future was arranged in cooperation between the University College of Opera, the Royal Opera, the West Bjäre Parish, and the Birgit Nilsson Museum. Performing artists: Ole Alexander Bang, tenor Philip Björkqvist, bass baritone Rebecca Fjällsby, mezzo soprano Sibylle Glosted, soprano Hannes Öberg, baritone Majsan Dahling, accompanist After the concert the artists were invited to a festive supper in the museum's Stables café, with the Court Singer's Birthday cake for dessert.

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Season Premiere

On Birgit Nilsson's 98:th anniversary, May 17, 2016, we could finally open our doors for a new season and present our partially renewed exhibition, with this year's theme the Royal Opera. During the first week of the season, our own, specially made Court Singer's Birthday cake could be enjoyed in the Stables café. 2010-2012, 2013, 2014, 2015