Debut at Covent Garden, 1957

In 1957 Birgit made her debut at Covent Garden in London as Brünnhilde in Nibelungenlied, for which she received fine reviews.


Brünnhilde 1957. © Roger Wood Photographic Collection, ROH Collections.

After her successful debut, Birgit returned to London’s great opera stage several times with, among others, Isolde, Amelia, Turandot and Leonore. But it was above all Elektra that became the most significant role for Birgit at Covent Garden. ”Some of the foremost Elektra performances, musically speaking, that I have taken part in were at Covent Garden with Georg Solti conducting. They remain some of the absolute highlights of my career. Both audience and singers alike left there completely thrilled”, said Birgit Nilsson in My Memoirs in Pictures.