Past events 2014

Christmas at the Museum

In the first week-end of December, with the winter's cold and long days at our doorstep and Christmas with its warmth and lights still a few weeks away, Mind & Music arranged Christmas concerts at Birgit Nilsson Museum. Carolina Söderman's singing and piano playing, together with Kathrin Grube (violin), Måns Lindholm (guitar & bass) and Janne Andersson (song & drums), put us in the proper Christmas mood with a warm feeling of togetherness. This was also conveyed by the intimate scale of the museum's concert hall, the perfect setting for this kind of personal music experience. We have got to enjoy as many as four fantastic concerts, two on each day of the week-end. A warm thank you to all who came to listen to these inspiring musicians together with us.

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Lecture on the Salzburg Festival

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To commemorate Birgit Nilsson, the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society invited to a special lecture on the day before Birgit’s name day, to celebrate her memory and the art of opera. On Sunday, October 12, Wolfgang Schattauer gave a lecture at Birgit Nilsson Museum on the Salzburg Festival, its history and his own personal experiences and memories from the festival. Wolfgang Schattauer was born in Salzburg and he has been Sr. Assistant Master in the German language at Stockholm’s University as well as teacher at the University College of Opera. At the lecture, photographs, film clips and anecdotes highlighted and illustrated his experiences from the festival, as a visitor and as a participant in various ways. The two hour long lecture started at 4 p.m., and halfway through there was a break for coffee and cake in the museum’s Stables café. Download the invitation (pdf) here

The Birgit Nilsson Prize

On October 8, the Birgit Nilsson Prize was awarded at the Stockholm Concert Hall. This has been the third time that the world's largest prize in the history of classical music has been awarded. This time, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was chosen by the international panel to be awarded the Prize, which was presented to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The Prize consists of one million US dollar and a statuette of Birgit, designed by the artists Ulla and Gustav Kraitz. The Vienna Philharmonic accompanied Birgit Nilsson at many times when she performed at the Vienna State Opera. Birgit Nilsson became Honorary fellow of the Vienna Philharmonic in 1999.

Encore - on request

On Thursday, September 4, we once again showed the films from our much appreciated film evening during the event Music & People. Different recordings and videos from Birgit's own private archive showed her oustanding vocal talent, humour and sharp mind. The film evening started at 6.30 and ended at 8.30 p.m. Halfway through the programme, we took a break for coffee and homemade cake in our cozy Stables café.

Music & People - Three Tuesdays at Birgit Nilsson Museum

On July 29, August 5 and August 12, we opened our doors to three very different, inspiring summer nights at Birgit Nilsson Museum. Many came to enjoy the music played and the films shown, and the stories and memories told. Three Tuesdays in a row, we indulged in personal encounters with music and the music world, all of which had Birgit Nilsson as the common denominator. Anecdotes and stories were mixed with seldom heard, pleasant tones and visual media for two full hours. In the break, we served coffee and something homemade in the museum’s Stables café. First out, on July 29, was “Birgit Nilsson, stage artist – not only high notes and quick lines”. Stefan Johansson, dramaturge and director at Sveriges Radio, The Royal Swedish Opera and currently at Malmö Opera, told us about encounters with Birgit Nilsson and of some of her roles from 1957 and onwards. Robert Johannesson gave us “The art of singing and strange singing”, when he told anecdotes and played old records from his personal collection, which amounts to approximately 20.000 records! Amongst other, we got to listen to Birgit Nilsson’s very first recording. For more info, visit www.78opera.com Last but not least, on August 12 we showed a selection of Birgit Nilsson’s own, private film treasures. In the cinema of the museum, we have recently got new speakers installed - a gift from a devoted and very generous Birgit Nilsson fan - thank you!

Halmstad Opera & Vocal Festival

During this three day long festival, the human voice and its extraordinary qualities were explored, mixing new, old and classic art and music. Some of the most established profiles met some of the most contemporary, innovative and experimental voices and artists. July 17-27, Birgit Nilsson Museum offered a discounted admission fee to the exhibition Birgit Nilsson - moments and tones; go two, only pay for one! To take part of this offer, all one had to do was present an entrance ticket to any event at the Halmstad Opera & Vocal Festival, when visiting Birgit Nilsson Museum. The festival took place between July 17-19. Read more about the event at Destination Halmstad.

The West Bjäre Piano Days

On the programme of this year's Piano Days was a wide array of music and tones, brought to life by talented and well-known musicians. From Tuesday, July 8 to Saturday, July 12, the West Bjäre parishes of the Swedish church, Birgit Nilsson Museum and Sensus invited to a selection of concerts in the church of Västra Karup, all of them admission free. Programme July 8 7 p.m. – Opening ceremony Speech by Gitte Lindström-Harmark, M.D. Birgit Nilsson Museum. 8 p.m. – Concert with Carl Peterson Sonatas of Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Szymanowski, Joplin and Lykkebo. July 9 8 p.m. – Concert with Beniko Almgren Nakajima Mozart: Piano sonat K 333, Beethoven: Piano sonat Tempest, Sjögren, Debussy. July 10 8 p.m. – Concert with Ha Young Sul - Emma Johansson Peterson-Berger, Beethoven: Sonat Pathétique, Chopin, Schubert, Grieg. July 11 2 p.m. – Concert with Gertrud Rees - Linn Björklund Mozart, Seymer, Scriabin, Poulenc, Kabalewsky. Afterwards, we walk to the Birgit Nilsson Museum. July 12 8 p.m. – Concert with Marianne Jacobs - Richard He Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninov. A warm thank you to all who participated and helped with the arrangements.

Breakfast concert Early Dream at the Båstad Chamber Music Festival

The Båstad Chamber Music Festival took place between June 23-28, this year on the theme Dreams. The breakfast concert Early Dream at Birgit Nilsson Museum started at 9 a.m. Before we sat down to enjoy the wonderful concert, breakfast was served to the audience in the museum's Stables café. The award winning Swedish string trio ZiliacusPerssonRaitinen embellished the morning with music by Ludvig van Beethoven, Sergei Tanejev, George Enescu and Tebogo Monnakgotla.

The Birgit Nilsson Stipend Award 2014

This year's Birgit Nilsson Stipend recipient is the soprano Magdalena Risberg, who graduated from the University College of Opera in 2012. During the season, she has performed at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, in roles such as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Liù in Turandot and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. The role as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the Malmö Opera is next. On May 31, 2014, the Birgit Nilsson Stipend was awarded to Magdalena Risberg at the Malmö Opera, at a chamber music concert with the pianist David Huang. Congratulations, Magdalena, and the best of luck!

Garden Rounds - Your Garden

On June 6-8, the time had come for the classic Garden Rounds. Gardens and places in Northwest Scania, amongst others Birgit Nilsson Museum, had special offers to those who were taking part in the Garden Rounds. For more information, visit: www.dintradgard.org

Festival concert on May 18 with Bjäre Choir Festiva

Bjäre Choir Festival first took place in May 2013, during a week-end of celebrating Birgit Nilsson's 95th birthday. This year, the choirs have once again given a grand Festival concert. On May 18, jazz, gospel and spiritual songs filled the church of Västra Karup when as many as 120 singers, led by Hans Nyberg, entered the stage. With them was opera singer Wiktor Sundqvist, who also sang at the concert Viva La Nilsson at Birgit Nilsson Museum on May 17.

Season premiere at Birgit Nilsson Museum - May 18

On May 18, at 11 a.m., the doors to Birgit Nilsson Museum and Stables café opened once again, this year on the theme Richard Strauss. The museum is filled with stories spanning from Birgit's childhood as a farmer's daughter to the intriguing opera world, told through memorabilia, pictures, recordings, jewellery and music from La Nilsson - and much more! We had a great premiere day, and are looking forward to many more days of welcoming both new and returning visitors.

Viva La Nilsson - concert on May 17

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We celebrated our season premiere, that took place on May 18, with an under roof outdoor concert in the inner yard of the museum, in memory of La Nilsson who on this very day would have turned 96 years old. The talented and celebrated singers Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, Susanne Resmark, Daniel Hällström, Hanna Wåhlin and Wiktor Sundqvist, together with Thomas Rischel on the grand piano, performed a wide variety of songs during 1 hour and 15 minutes – a truly magnificent and unique music experience! Before the concert, the Stables café served our homemade, delicious Birthday cake with coffee and/or tea, to the evening’s audience. To those who purchased a ticket to the concert Viva La Nilsson, we offered a reduced admission fee to the museum's exhibit the following day, when the museum opened for the season.

Master Class with Royal Court singer Kerstin Meyer

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On April 7-13, 2014, Royal Court singer Kerstin Meyer gave a Master Class at Birgit Nilsson Museum - a unique opportunity to study in a unique environment for this renowned opera profile; professor, academy member and former Head of the University College of Opera. Anders Wadenberg did a marvelous job accompanying her and the students throughout the week. The participants were, in no particular order: Kristine Becker-Lund,Cornelia Beskow, Elisabeth Ekberg, Regina Fredriksson, Cecilie Marie Höyer, Amelia Jakobsson, Valentin Lundin, Jens V. Malmkvist, Elisabeth Meyer and Susanna Reuter. It was also possible for others to listen to and to follow the Master Class, either the whole week or the day/days of choice, something that 5-15 persons chose to do. The Master Class was concluded with a concert in the church of Västra Karup on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. The students gave a wonderfully joyful concert, with a high level of professionalism.

Salong Romantica - Operafabriken (the Opera Factory)

On Sunday, March 30, Operafabriken (the Opera Factory) invited us to a beautiful and passionate music experience. In the momentarily rearranged exhibition hall of Birgit Nilsson Museum, the small scale surroundings played an important part in creating the conditions vital for this intimate concert, in which the artists aimed to connect with the audience through the music and dialogue. Before the concert started, the evening sun gave warmth to the inner yard of the museum, where Operafabriken bid the audience to some treats. The audience was given the possibility to ask questions and discuss the music with the soloists and musicians of the evening. Leena Malkki, soprano, and Jacob Wistrand, tenor, with accompaniment by the concert pianist Johan Reis, sang duets and romances by Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, Sibelius, and others. We would like to thank Operafabriken, and the audience, for this evening of relaxed togetherness with inspiring and invigorating music and singing. 2010-2012, 2013, 2015, 2016