The Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society

The purpose of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society is to keep the memory of one of the greatest singers and most admirable voices in the history of modern opera, and to help Birgit Nilsson’s unique singer deed kept alive. The Birgit Nilsson Society also brings additional knowledge of her achievements in developing the art of opera.

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By: Jens Hage

The Birgit Nilsson Society was founded at the same time as the opening of the Birgit Nilsson Museum in Svenstad, May 23, 2010. It was formed by the initiative of Bengt Hall, artistic director of Malmö Opera and Chairman of the Birgit Nilsson Foundation, and Ingemar Olander, Chairman of Operakonstens Vänner i Skåne (OVIS) (Friends of the Opera in Scania).

Music and Encounters 2018

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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: bnsallskapet@birgitnilsson.com. 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.

Concert: "Birgit and Jussi in Kungsan"

At noon on July 16, you are invited to a fantastic outdoor concert in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, with a celebrated artist whose name will be announced shortly. The concert is arranged by The Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society and the Jussi Björling Society.

Master Class 2018

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This year's Master Class is taught by Court singer Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, August 26 - 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 26 - 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: bnsallskapet@birgitnilsson.com.

Master Class Concert and Audience tickets

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Audience tickets, Master Class concert in the Västra Karup church

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: bnsallskapet@birgitnilsson.com 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.

Membership

The membership fee for 2018 (calendar year) is SEK 250 per person, or SEK 400 for two persons within the same household. Unfortunately, those who would like to receive our mailings by post (in print) are charged with an additional fee. This is due to increased costs of printing, stamps, and envelopes. For domestic transfers within Sweden, please make your payment to account (bankgiro): 624-2457. PLEASE WRITE NAME AND ADDRESS AND, PREFERABLY, ALSO YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. For international transfers: Swift/BIC: HANDSESS IBAN (International Bank Account Number): SE836000 0000 0007 2612 3102 We highly appreciate receiving your e-mail address, in order to facilitate the distribution of information and newsletters. Welcome!

Benefits

Members of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society are given various discounts at the Birgit Nilsson Museum. When visiting the museum and presenting your valid membership card, you can take part of the following offers: Entrance to the exhibition Birgit Nilsson – moments and tones: 50 SEK Regular price: 100 SEK. Please note that the discount is not applicable to the guided tour of the childhood home. Voice of a century: 150 SEK Regular price: 200 kr. 10 CDs. Die Frau Ohne Schatten: 275 SEK Regular price: 375 SEK. Reissue of the 1975 recording from the Royal Opera with Birgit Nilsson, Siv Wennberg, Walter Berry, Matti Kastu, and Barbro Ericson. Conducted by Berislav Klobucar. 3 CDs. Recital: 75 SEK Regular price: 100 SEK. Birgit Nilsson and Lars Roos, concert recording from Karlsruhe, CD. La Nilsson, audio book: 195 SEK Regular price: 295 SEK. Author’s recitation of the autobiography, La Nilsson, 11 CDs, new edition, exclusively for the Birgit Nilsson Museum (in Swedish). Birgit i Bjäre: 200 SEK Regular price: 275 SEK. Book written by Kalle Eriksson, published in connection to the opening of the Birgit Nilsson Museum in 2010 (in Swedish). Birgit, from Västra Karup to Metropolitan: 275 SEK Regular price: 350 SEK. Book authored by Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe. Birgit Nilsson i ord och bild: 225 SEK Regular price: 275 SEK. Book authored by Mattias Enn. Birgit 100 (An Homage): 1100 SEK Regular price: 1300 SEK. Book edited by Rutbert Reisch for the Birgit Nilsson Foundation.

Documents and Reports of 2017

Read about the year 2017 in the documents below (in Swedish). Verksamhetsberättelse 2017
Balansrapport 20171231
Resultatrapport 20171231

Archives

In the archives you can find information about the Society's previous events, protocols, reports, and newletters. The archives of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society

We recommend

Another famous Swede who, just like Birgit, in every respect mastered the art of singing and was widely recognized and immensly popular amongst both critics and fans, was the tenor Jussi Björling. In his home town, Borlänge, is the Jussi Björling Museum, the one and only in the world. The Jussi Björling Society was founded in 1989 in order to promote interest in and spread knowledge about Jussi Björling. Together with the Jussi Björling Society, the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society has been arranging the recurring popular event Jussi & Birgit in Kungsan, amongst others.

Contact us

(Postal) address: Birgit Nilsson Sällskapet, Claes Remminger, Karl X Gustavs gata 66, SE-254 40 HELSINGBORG, SWEDEN E-mail address: bnsallskapet@birgitnilsson.com The Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society aims to be an active and lively society. All members are therefore most welcome to give comments and to share ideas and thoughts.