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Birgit Nilsson Gala – 'Elektra monologue'

Extracts | Strauss

Birgit Nilsson was indisputably the outstanding dramatic soprano of the second half of the 20th century. Her top notes had an unequalled power and brilliance. Her personality commanded the stage. In this extract recorded live at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1965, Nilsson sings the monologue from Elektra by Richard Strauss. Elektra became one of her signature roles. Long associated with the Royal Swedish Opera, it is this Opera in the Swedish capital that celebrates what would have been her 100th birthday in May 2018.

The full performance is no longer available but other material about the production can be found here.