Past events 2015
Christmas at the Museum
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit, than enjoying a moment of togetherness, tranquility, excitement and relaxation - and music - all at once? Carolina Söderman, Kathrin Grube, Janne Andersson, and Måns Lindblom certainly got their audience in the proper mood, performing familiar Christmas songs and reinterpretations. In the pause, delicious Christmas treats and apple cider was served in our decorated Stables café, complementing the music treats served in the concert hall by the talented musicians. The concert Christmas at the Museum was arranged by Mind&Music and was given on four occasions - in the afternoon and in the evening, on both December 5 and December 6.
In connection to Birgit's name day we seized the moment to celebrate it by enjoying an autumn concert on Sunday, October 18. The young and very promising opera singer Christina Nilsson, who was awarded this year's Birgit Nilsson stipend, gave a concert at the museum, singing a selection of well-known arias and romances. Christina Nilsson has been widely acclaimed for her beautiful singing voice and artistry, for example in the motivation for being awarded the Jenny Lind stipend the past year. This lyric-dramatic soprano has formerly been studying at Vadstena folkhögskola and has graduated from the Stockholm University College of Opera with a bachelor's degree, where she is now studying the master's programme in Opera, vocal performance. Christina was accompanied by the excellent pianist Anders Wadenberg, and the concert was presented by Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, renowned opera singer as well as the Chairperson of the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society. To sum up, this Sunday afternoon gave us a wonderful concert with a wonderfully talented young opera singer! The freelance journalist Barbro Åkesson wrote an article and a review of the concert, which you can find here (in Swedish): Skönsång på Birgit Nilsson-museet
The Riksbank's Banknote exhibition
The new banknotes of Sweden will be introduced by the Riksbank in the near future. In October 2015, most of the values will be released, but those who want to see the new 100 and 500 crown banknotes will have to be patient and wait another year. The motif on the new 500 crown banknote is a portrait of Birgit Nilsson as Brünnhilde in Wagner's opera the Valkyrie. In the summer of 2015, the Riksbank has been arranging an exhibition on the new banknotes, which has been exhibited in different places in Sweden that have a connection to the persons portrayed on the banknotes. For Birgit Nilsson, that place has been Birgit Nilsson Museum. We have been very honoured to have welcomed the Riksbank and their exhibition to the Museum. The official press conference was held at the Museum on August 10. It included speeches by Per Jansson, Deputy Governor of the Riksbank, Lars H. Ericson, Chairman of the Svenstad Foundation, Gitte Lindström-Harmark, M.D. of Birgit Nilsson Museum, and Margareta Dellefors, opera singer and a close friend of Birgit Nilsson. Thereafter the exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday, August 11, and had its end on Sunday, August 30. The exhibit did not require an admission fee, and many curious people came by to get an insight into the story and work process behind the new banknotes.
Göran Gademan: Birgit Nilsson and her contemporaries
And so it was time for the fourth and last of the talks of the event "Music & Encounters", arranged by the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society. This time, our guest was none other than the dramaturgist of GöteborgsOperan, Göran Gademan. Göran Gademan compared Birgit Nilsson to some of her contemporary colleagues and competitors within the same voice compartment by exemplifying with recordings and music excerpts. Thank you for an exciting and well-informed talk!
Margareta Dellefors: The friendship with Birgit Nilsson
Margareta Dellefors - Opera singer, radio producer, and initiater and founder of the Dalhalla Festival - was one of the prominent speakers at the opening of the Riksbank's exhibition on the new banknotes of Sweden. The motif on the new 500 crown banknote is a portrait of Birgit Nilsson as Brünnhilde in Wagner's opera The Valkyrie, and the exhibit, which will be at the Museum between August 11-30, therefore centers on La Nilsson. During her speech, Margareta Dellefors talked about both the private Birgit and the artist Birgit Nilsson. During the evening's talk, Margareta Dellefors continued on the subject and elaborated on some of the moments shared between her and Birgit and highlights of the career. Unfortunately, technical difficulties caused a few delays - many thanks to our patient audience and to Margareta, who managed well to keep her talk on the right track!
Lasse Walldov: La Nilsson in front of the mics - a parallel career in the recording studio
The second part of the lecture series "Music & Encounters" took place on July 12, when the opera enthusiast Lasse Walldov talked about one of Birgit Nilsson's parallel careers besides her career on the opera stages - the one in the recording studio! Lasse Walldov played a selection of Birgit's less well-known gramophone recordings while he told the story behind one and each of them, and about Birgit's colleagues in the recording studios. The audience was almost like spellbound by Lasse's passionate and insightful story-telling, to such an extent that they only reluctantly left their seats at the end of the talk. This talk left us wanting to know more, and we can only hope for a part two in a future not too far away. Thank you, Lasse Walldov, for a very interesting evening with Birgit in the recording studio!
Siv Wennberg: To sing with Birgit Nilsson
The Museum got a distinguished visit on Sunday, June 28, when Court Singer Siv Wennberg gave a talk about her experiences of singing with Birgit Nilsson and about their contemporary opera world. In particular the talk concerned the Royal Opera's production of Die Frau ohne Schatten that premiered on December 13, 1975, that has its 40th anniversary this year. The production starred, amongst others, Siv Wennberg, Birgit Nilsson, and Barbro Ericson and has become legendary. The Court Singer talked with warmth, humour, and expertise and the audience was noticeably interested and cheerful. In the break we got to indulge in the Stable Café's home-made rhubarb cake. We wish to thank Siv Wennberg for a tremendously entertaining and interesting talk!
The Båstad Chamber Music Festival's Breakfast concert
On the Tuesday morning of June 23, imaginative guitar tones eased us into the day when the Båstad Chamber Music Festival arranged the breakfast concert Moose, tarantella and penguin at Birgit Nilsson Museum. The morning started with our Stables café serving a delicious breakfast to the concert goers, and many early birds came to enjoy it and the surprisingly beautiful summer morning - of which we have not had too many this season, yet. At 9 o'clock, the audience took their seats as David Hansson and Thomas Hansy, of the guitar duo The Gothenburg Combo, played a wide spectra of guitar music originating from different parts of our world. The standing ovations that followed from the cheerful audience was an unmistakable sign of the musicians' success! Programme of The Gothenburg Combo: Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) La Vida Breve Isaak Albéniz (1860-1909) Cordoba, Granada, Cádiz The Gothenburg Combo - Antarctica Anna Eriksson (1963) Moose imitating moss Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) Tarantella
The Valkyrie - an opera concert
On Wednesday, June 17, a concert with selected parts of Richard Wagner's opera The Valkyrie was given in Birgit Nilsson's home church, the church of Västra Karup, known and much appreciated for its great acoustics. The participating opera singers were Irene Theorin, Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, Anette Bod, Visti Hald, and Sebastian Rosacker with the pianists Bo Ericsson and Ulrich Staerk. The concert was truly fantastic and gave the audience a somewhat different opera experience. One person in the audience was of the impression that the acoustics of the church enhanced the singers' voices as it brought out all of their nuances. In addition, the fact that the opera was performed without any decor or costumes let the song and the music stand out and be heard more clearly, which contributed in making the opera experience even more special, adding another dimension to the concert. In short, only superlatives!
Students from Helsingborg's Kulturskola gave a summer concert at Birgit Nilsson Museum on June 7. On the programme were musical compositions by amongst others Mozart, Puccini, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff. Download the programme
Birgit Nilsson's 97th anniversary celebration
This year on May 17, Birgit Nilsson would have experienced her 97th birthday, which we celebrated with as many as two concerts, a preview of the new exhibit, and the delicious Birgit-cake, served in our Stables café. The day was filled to the brim with treats for the mouth and ear alike. Next to the Birgit statue on Dahlmanska tomten in Båstad, the children's choir of the Malmö Opera gave a public concert in the afternoon, accompanied by Max Lörstad on the piano, directed by Kristina W. Svensson. At the Museum, we opened up the exhibition hall to give visitors a preview of our exhibit, which this year has the theme Birgit and the concerts. The talented tailor Ulf-Herbert Gustafsson gave an exclusive presentation. Our own, unique Birgit-cake was served in the Stables café. In the evening, the celebratory concert "Förklädd gud” was performed in the church of Västra Karup by the choirs of Bjäre with the soloists Daniel Hällström and Amelia Jakobsson, and with Lars Humble as reciter.
Master Class at the Museum
During the first week of May, the Friends of Birgit Nilsson Society arranged a Master Class at Birgit Nilsson Museum, sponsored by Sparbanksstiftelsen Gripen. Between May 4-10, the Museum had the honour to greet eight promising young singers who in the days that followed immersed themselves in singing techniques and music under the guidance of the celebrated opera singer Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, and Matti Borg, composer and vocal coach. Mette Borg, director and dramaturgist at Den Danske Scenekunstskole in Copenhagen, and pianist Anders Wadenberg also participated in teaching the Master Class. The classes were held in the exhibition hall of the Museum as well as in the main house, the very same house that Birgit Nilsson was born in and where she lived with her family. The Master Class participants have been: Regina Fredriksson, Amelia Jakobsson, Sanna Gibbs, Valentin Lundin, Jens Malmkvist, Hanna Wåhlin, Ida Ränzlöv, and Åke Sjökvist. During the week, the students stayed at the beautifully located Hotel Hovs Hallar, situated on the northern coast of the peninsula of Bjäre. For the main part of the week there was the possibility to take part of the Master Class as audience. Many came to listen and to experience the young singers' development. The Master Class has been greatly appreciated by students, teachers and visitors alike. We are certain that we will be hearing much more of these eight gifted singers in a future not too far away.
Master Class concert in the church of Västra Karup
The Master Class week came to an end on Sunday, May 10, when the students gave a much appreciated concert in the church of Västra Karup, Birgit Nilsson's home church to which she returned throughout her career. The eight promising young singers demonstrated their unmistakable talents by giving a concert with an impressing programme, as they let the audience get a glimpse of who the opera stars of tomorrow might be. The singers were: Regina Fredriksson, Amelia Jakobsson, Sanna Gibbs, Valentin Lundin, Jens Malmkvist, Hanna Wåhlin, Ida Ränzlöv, and Åke Sjökvist.
Dream week-end for music enthusiasts
For those who love opera and Birgit Nilsson - and who doesn't! - an irresistible week-end awaited on May 9-10. On the programme for these two days were many special events and discoveries which all related to opera, La Nilsson or to the peninsula of Bjäre. On Saturday, May 9, we went by bus to the Malmö Opera where we got to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and the Opera's delicious shrimp sandwich. Thereafter it was time for the annual Birgit Nilsson Stipend award ceremony with its traditional Stipend Concert. This year the lyric-dramatic soprano Christina Nilsson, who recently completed her education at the University College of Opera, was awarded the Stipend. Christina Nilsson, accompanied by Magnus Svensson on the piano, gave a fantastic concert with a broad selection of songs. The bus took us back to the peninsula of Bjäre where the day ended with a three-course dinner at the renowned Margretetorps Gästgifvaregård. For those who wished, accomodation could be reserved here for an additional fee. The Sunday began with a custom-made guided tour, Birgit Nilsson in Båstad, with the talented guide Ingrid Persson Skog. Later, we were served a very tasty soup lunch at the popular restaurant Mat & Möten, after which an exclusive pre-view of this year's exhibition at the Birgit Nilsson Museum followed. The theme of the year is Birgit and the concerts. The highlight of the Sunday afternoon was the Master Class concert in the church of Västra Karup. A first-class concert was given by the opera stars of tomorrow. These very promising young talents had been selected to partake in a Master Class led by the celebrated opera singer Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, which was held at the Birgit Nilsson Museum during the week and had its grand finale with this Master Class concert. 2010-2012, 2013, 2014, 2016