Past events 2017

Master Class and concert

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Oticon Fonden, one of the sponsors of the Master Class

An annual Master Class at the Birgit Nilsson Museum has almost become a tradition by now. On September 28 - October 5, the popular and very skilled trio Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, Matti Borg, and Mette Borg guided young singers in their vocal and artistic development. The students were: Anne-Kristine Skov Vognsen, Tanja Soininen, Victoria Gydov, Lisa Slobodziuk Olsen, Anna Ström, Eric Shoeffler, Regina Fredriksson, and Noora Karhuluoma. Gitta-Maria Sjöberg is a renowned opera singer and singing teacher, Matti Borg is a vocal coach and composer, and Mette Borg is a dramaturgist and director. The Master Class was arranged by the Birgit Nilsson Museum and the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society. It was sponsored by: Oticon Fonden (Denmark), Helge Ax:son Johnson's Foundation, and the Foundation of Prince Carl Gustaf. A special feature between the vocal and singing classes were the talks that dramaturgist Mette Borg gave: Saturday, September 30: on philosphy, music and singing Sunday, October 1: on analysis and its importance The Master Class week ended with a festive concert in the Västra Karup church, with all of the Master Class participants. We wish to thank the West Bjäre parish, the Västra Karup church, Ramsjögård Hotel, and Salomon Krog for their contributions and commitment, invaluable in making the Master Class possible.

Music & Encounters

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We were tremendously pround to have several well-known opera and music profiles visiting us on four summer Sundays. On the programme was music, talks, memories, inspiration, and much more. This popular event was arranged by the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society and the Birgit Nilsson Museum. Programme
June, 18 - Lars Roos and Kalle Eriksson: My years with Birgit July, 2 - Gunilla Flinck: Glimpses from my life in the world of music July, 16 - Rickard Söderberg and pianist Johan Reis: Arm in arm with Birgit July, 30 - concert with this year's Aurora Lillieros Scholarship recipients: Hilkka Ylinärä, soprano, and Ida Ränzlöv, mezzo soprano.

Concert: Birgit and Jussi

The Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society and the Jussi Björling Society invited the public to a lovely outdoor concert in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, on Tuesday, July 18. With: Felicia Gyllenstig Serrao, mezzo soprano, Torstein Forsmo, tenor, and Bengt Krantz, opera singer and chairman of the Jussi Björling Society. Compere: Claes Remminger of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society.

Breakfast concert

The Båstad Chamber Music Festival arranged the breakfast concert Inspiration Folk music at the Birgit Nilsson Museum on June, 28. Breakfast was served in the Stables café from 8 a.m., and an hour later, the concert could commence in the museum's rearranged exhibition hall.

Season opening 2017

The Birgit Nilsson Museum and Café opened its doors for the 2017 season on May 21! The exhibition has been partially renewed, and now has the theme Birgit and Italian opera. In the Stables café, visitors enjoyed Birgit's own bithday cake, specially made for the occasion. In the afternoon, there was a small-scale concert by the Grand piano in the exhibition hall, with opera singer Gitta-Maria Sjöberg and pianist Irene Hasager.

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Gitta-Maria Sjöberg

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Irene Hasager

Messiah

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On May 13-14, Georg Friedrich Händel's Messiah was given in the church of Förslöv and Västra Karup, respectively. It was a farewell concert to honour the resigning organist in Förslöv, Jan-Olof Rydström, but also to celebrate the 70th anniversary of when Birgit Nilsson sang Messiah in the church of Förslöv. Soloists: Anna Carina Sundstedt, soprano, Simone Rönn, alto, Johan Olsson, tenor, and Joakim Larsson, bass. The choir of Förslöv-Grevie parish, Midnattskören, The choir of West Bjäre parish, musicians from the HSO, and Skånska kammarorkestern. The concert was arranged by the Förslöv-Grevie parish, the Birgit Nilsson Museum, and the West Bjäre parish, through organist Jan-Olof Rydström.

The Birgit Nilsson Scholarship Award Ceremony

On Saturday, May 13, this year's recipients of the Birgit Nilsson Scholarship gave a beautiful concert in the foyer of the Malmö Opera during an award ceremony. The Board of the Scholarship Foundation elected the two sopranos, Hanna Husáhr and Alexandra Büchel, to receive the scholarship in 2017. Büchel graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2008, and sings the Blind Poetess in Malmö Opera's Aniara this spring. Husáhr studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, and The Finnish National Opera and Ballet. This spring she sings Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.