Birgit Nilsson Museum - The Birgit Nilsson Prize

The legendary Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson established a foundation for a prize to be awarded for outstanding achievement in opera and concert.

Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson Museum

Birgit Nilsson grew up on a farm in Svenstad in southern Sweden. The farm had been in the family since the 1700’s, and today is a museum devoted to the famous soprano.

Birgit lived at a farm in Svenstad with her parents until she was 23 years old. It was a simple life without electricity or running water. It was not until the 1930’s that the first modern conveniences were installed. Birgit helped with all the farm chores. She thinned out the beets, planted and dug up potatoes, harvested hay and milked cows. It was in other words a life far from what she would later experience as one of the most famous opera singers in the world.

Birgit’s parental home has become a museum with memories from both her childhood and her extraordinary career. The house has remained the same as when Birgit last lived there. Visitors experience Birgit’s childhood with their own eyes and hear the guides tell what life on the farm was like.

Photo: Evelyn Thomasson is the official site of the Birgit Nilsson Museum and is administered by Birgit Nilssons Minne AB.


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