Joining a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month, Great Performances – Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own is a performance-documentary celebrating the life and career of the era-defining Swedish dramatic soprano. With her unforgettable voice, Birgit Nilsson became the face of opera in the 1950s through the 1970s. She was best known for her groundbreaking turns in Wagner, Strauss, and Puccini operas such as Tristan und Isolde, Elektra, Turandot, Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Tannhäuser, and Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle). Showcasing her powerful voice paired with her outsized personality and wit, this illuminating documentary about Nilsson’s life in the arts features rare television and archival footage highlighting her remarkable talents. Shot in the locations that were close to Nilsson’s heart, including the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, the Vienna State Opera in Austria, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the farm in Båstad, Sweden where she grew up, the film also includes interviews with friends and fellow opera luminaries, including Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann and many others.
availableall_members96043025462821cove9604Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her OwnCelebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the late 1950s-Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the late 1950s-70s. This new documentary showcases her greatest roles, including Elektra and The Ring Cycle, in rare footage, plus interviews with Plácido Domingo and more.2019-03-22 21:00publish2022-03-21 23:59:59March 21, 2022disabledshowfalse9781Sieglinde & SiegmundEva-Maria Westbroek, as Sieglinde, sings an excerpt from Act I.2019-08-11 21:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/files/2019/07/GMET-Thumb-DieWalkure-Clip2MM-480x270.jpg3030596660cove9778Brünnhilde’s Battle CryChristine Goerke sings Brünnhilde’s Act II battle cry.2019-08-11 21:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/files/2019/07/GMET-Thumb-Die-Walkure-ClipMM-480x270.jpg3030592103cove