The 100th Anniversary

The centenary of Birgit Nilsson will be widely celebrated throughout the year. Here we have gathered information on the various events taking place in 2018. Information on events arranged at/by the Museum is found on the page Events


Photo: Benno Movin-Hermes. Illustration: Tydligen i Båstad

The Birgit Nilsson Prize Award

The 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize will be awarded to the swedish soprano Nina Stemme. The prize ceremony will take place in the Royal Opera in Stockholm October 11, 2018 in presence of H M King Carl XIV Gustaf and H M Queen Silvia. Read more abaout the prize on and The artist/The Birgit Nilsson Prize

The Birgit Calendar

The Swedish television channel SVT airs "The Birgit Calendar" on every Saturday evening from January to May. The Calendar consists of 24 short film clips of Birgit singing or being interviewed. The film clips are available online at SVT Play and can be viewed throughout the world.

Documentary: Vocal cords of steel

This new documentary, produced by Ditte Hammar and Ulf Sandlund, depicts La Nilsson's life and career, and her strives to be acknowledged as a singer and accepted by the world of opera. Friends, family, and colleagues are interviewed. Language: Swedish, English subtitles. Available online until July 3 at SVT Play, and is accessible throughout the world.

In the workshop of Birgit Nilsson

The Royal Library in Stockholm arranges a series of talks, Stories from KB, throughout the spring. On March 7, opera singer and friend of Birgit Nilsson, Elisabeth Meyer-Topsöe, gives the talk In the workshop of Birgit Nilsson. The talk starts at 5.30 p.m. in the auditorium at Humlegården, Stockholm. Free entrance. Meyer-Topsöe has written a book about Birgit and their relationship, called Birgit. From Västra Karup to Metropolitan, that will be published in 2018.

Opening at BiblioteksGalleriet

On Saturday, March 10 between 11 and 1 p.m. is the opening of an exhibition about Birgit Nilsson's 100th anniversary, Ludvig Nobel's 150th anniversary, and the 100th anniversary of Skånegården. BiblioteksGalleriet, Båstad. Read more

Concert: Music by Albert Runbäck

On Sunday, March 11 at 6 p.m., there will be a concert with music by Albert Runbäck in the Maria church in Båstad. Read more

"La Nilsson as a recording artist"

Lasse Walldov gives a talk on "La Nilsson as a recording artist". The library in Båstad (the Agardh room), on Monday, April 16 at 6-7 p.m. Read more

Press Release at The Royal Opera

In the afternoon of April 24, Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe's new book "Birgit: From Västra Karup to Metropolitan" has its press release at The Royal Opera in Stockholm.

"Birgit: From Västra Karup to Metropolitan"

Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe presents her new book "Birgit: From Västra Karup to Metropolitan" at Bjäre Bokhandel (the Bjäre book shop) in Båstad. Wednesday, April 25.

Mattias Enn: Book release and music performance

Stage performer and singer, Mattias Enn, makes his debut as an author with the book "Värp först och kackla sen!", depicting Birgit Nilsson's life and career. Anecdotes, memories, recepies, and with illustrations by Anders Svernsjö. Meet the author and have your copy signed: NK Bokhandel, Stockholm - Thursday, April 19, at 6-7 pm. Akademibokhandeln Nordstan, Gothenburg - Wednesday, May 16, at 7 pm. Akademibokhandeln City, Stockholm - Saturday, May 26, at 2 pm. Mattias Enn's music performance with the same title as his book, premieres at Klara soppteater in Stockholm on April 6. It can be seen here throughout May. Special performance at the Lunch Theatre in Gothenburg, April 24-27. Tickets through Kulturhuset stadsteatern (Stockholm) or Biljettforum (Gothenburg). Mattias talks about his book at Bjäre bokhandel, Båstad - Wednesday, July 11 Music performance, Ängelholm - Thursday, August 30 Music performance, Förslöv - Sunday, November 25

Meet the author

Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe presents her newly published book, "Birgit: From Västra Karup to Metropolitan". Thursday, April 26 at 6-7 p.m., at the library in Båstad (the Agardh room). Read more

Exhibit at the Theatre Museum in Malmö

On April 28, the Theatre Museum (Teatermuseet) in Malmö opens an exhibition about Birgit Nilsson. On May 5, Marie-Louise Lagergren will give a talk about her personal memories of Birgit. The exhibit is open until June 17.

Gitta-Maria Sjöberg: "On Birgit Nilsson"

The Opera singer and Birgit Nilsson Scholarship recipient, Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, talks about Birgit Nilsson. May 3, at 6-7 p.m., at the library in Båstad (the Agardh room). Read more

Radio P2 celebrates Birgit

Sweden's Radio P2 celebrates Birgit Nilsson's centenary by airing a documentary, two concerts and five operas from its archives. Sunday, May 13, at 14.00: Birgit Nilsson, a documentary by Britta Svanholm Maniette Thursday, May 17, at 19.03: The Gothenburg Opera's Anniversary Concert. LIVE Thursday, May 17, at 22.00: ”Salome” by Richard Strauss (1954) Saturday, May 19, at 19.00: ”Tristan and Isolde” by Wagner (1966) Saturday, May 26, at 19.00: ”Tosca” by Puccini (1966) Saturday, June 2, at 19.00: ”The Valkyrie” by Wagner (1963) Thursday, June 7, at 19.00: The Stockholm Royal Opera's Anniversary Concert. From May, 19. Saturday, June 9, at 19.00: ”Elektra” by Richard Strauss (1965)

The Birgit Nilsson Prize Press Conference

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at a press conference at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, the fourth recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize will be revealed. The Prize itself will be awarded in Stockholm at The Royal Opera House on October 11, 2018. Read more The Birgit Nilsson Prize is the largest prize in the history of classical music. The Prize is established by Birgit Nilsson herself.

Film at the Scala cinema

On May 17, a film will be shown in Birgit Nilsson's honour at the Scala cinema in Båstad. More information will follow on the cinema's webpage

Båstad municipality celebrates Birgit's anniversary

Båstad municipality celebrates Birgit's anniversary by arranging a concert. May 19 at 2 p.m., at Dahlmanska tomten (near the Maria church and the Birgit Nilsson statue) in Båstad. Read more

The Gothenburg Opera's Anniversary Concert

Thursday, May 17: A grand anniversary concert at Göteborgsoperan (The Gothenburg Opera). Read more

The Royal Opera's Anniversary Concert

Saturday, May 19: Celebration concert in honour of Birgit Nilsson at the Stockholm Royal Opera. Read more

Anniversary exhibition - Konserthuset in Stockholm


Exhibition – 100 years of Birgit Nilsson It is a portrait of the incredible career of Birgit Nilsson, primarily as a concert vocalist, but also her roles. In addition to many photos, the dress she wore to the 1968 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony will be on display, as well as a slide show and recordings from Konserthuset’s archive. The exhibition is open daily 26th June – 25th August Read more