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).


The membership fee 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!

Music and Encounters 2019


This summer, the Birgit Nilsson Museum and the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society welcome you to four Sunday evenings of Music and Encounters. Download a folder with the programme.
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16 June "Memories of Birgit and Kim" - Gitta-Marie Sjöberg and Nils-Göran Olve 30 June "Concert with the Aurora Lillieros scholarship" The recipient of the year, soprano Johanna Wallroth. The soprano Kajsa Lindberg will also participate in the concert. At the piano Magnus Svensson. 14 July "From Tosca to Brünnhilde" - Karin Mang-Habashi and Marie-Louise Lagergren. 21 July "A gentleman in evening dress" Mattias Enn, entertainer. Accompanied by Carina E Nilsson, piano. When: Sundays 18:30 - 20:30 (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 175/person. Ticket reservation by e-mail to: Birgit Nilsson Society Tickets are purchased by payment to 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. Organizer: Birgit Nilsson Society in cooperation with the Birgit Nilsson Museum and Fredrika Bremerförbundets Stipendiestiftelse

Master Class 2019


In connection with The Birgit Nilsson Days 2019 a Master class for singers will be held on 27 July – 2 August with world renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila in collaboration with Swedish soprano Gitta-Maria Sjöberg and pianist Elisabeth Boström. The tuition will focus on the interpretation of opera arias and romances and end with a closing concert in Västra Karup Church on 2 August. Additional information, e.g. about scholarship applications at Location: Birgit Nilsson Museum, Birgit Nilsson väg 27, 269 91 Båstad, Sweden Dates: 27 July – 2 August. Closing concert on 2 August Master class tutors: Karita Mattila 31 July – 1 August and Gitta-Maria Sjöberg 27 -30 July Pianist: Elisabeth Boström Application: Submit a short description of yourself, your merits and song samples of at least one opera aria and one romance to The application must reach us on 29 April at the latest. The decision regarding participation will be announced on 10 May. Target group: Professional singers and singers who have graduated from a music academy and/or an opera academy. The maximum number of participants in this course is 8 people. Course fee: 15,000 SEK. Breakfast and single room accommodation 27 July – 3 August at the Torekov Hotell plus lunch at the museum included in the course fee. Selected participants have to make a part payment of 3,000 SEK on 15 May at the latest. The remaining fee has to be paid on 1 July at the latest. Scholarship funds: Adresses
Language: Tuition in English Audience: 29 July – 1 August; subject to seat availability The Birgit Nilsson Days 2019 will conclude with festive concerts on 3 and 4 August, featuring Karita Mattila among other soloists, a 100-strong chorus, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leif Segerstam. The event is a collaboration between the Birgit Nilsson Museum, The Birgit Nilsson Society and The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.


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: 60 SEK Regular price: 120 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: 250 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: 250 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: 250 SEK Regular price: 280 SEK. Book authored by Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe. Birgit Nilsson i ord och bild: 225 SEK Regular price: 250 SEK. Book authored by Mattias Enn. Birgit 100 (An Homage): 900 SEK Regular price: 1000 SEK. Book edited by Rutbert Reisch for the Birgit Nilsson Foundation.


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

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Contact us

(Postal) address: Birgit Nilsson Sällskapet, Claes Remminger, Karl X Gustavs gata 66, SE-254 40 HELSINGBORG, SWEDEN E-mail address: 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.