Met Guild Announces More Details of Birgit Nilsson Tribute

Classic Arts News   Met Guild Announces More Details of Birgit Nilsson Tribute
The Metropolitan Opera Guild's tribute to Birgit Nilsson on May 23 will include footage of the late soprano as Elektra, Br‹nnhilde, Isolde, and Salome, as well as anecdotes from colleagues and friends.

Among the rare video that has been assembled for the event: excerpts from performances of G‹tterd‹mmerung and Tristan und Isolde from the Bayreuth Festival; arias performed on the Bell Telephone Hour, the Ed Sullivan Show, and Voice of Firestone; a 1961 performance with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic that included the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and the quintet from Die Meistersinger; the final scene of Salome as performed at a 1972 Metropolitan Opera gala honoring Rudolf Bing; an interview on the Dick Cavett Show; and an appearance on the Swedish version of This Is Your Life, which included a surprise visit by tenor Franco Corelli.

Colleagues including contralto Lili Choosaksian, mezzo-soprano Irene Dalis, mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn, soprano Lauren Flanigan, soprano Evelyn Lear, soprano Roberta Peters, baritone Thomas Stewart, and manager Edgar Vincent will tell stories about the famously colorful Nilsson; soprano Astrid Varnay and tenor Jon Vickers have recorded video tributes.

As previously reported, soprano Gwyneth Jones will serve as host for the event, which takes place at Alice Tully Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

Nilsson, who sang at the Met from 1959 to 1983, died on December 25, 2005, in her hometown in southern Sweden. She was 87.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Guild and $75 for the public. For more information, call 212-769-7009 or visit

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