Autograph signature ("Birgit Nilsson") on verso of a Metropolitan Opera Association check...

Autograph signature ("Birgit Nilsson") on verso of a Metropolitan Opera Association check in payment for services rendered

NILSSON, Birgit 1918-2005

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Ca. 92 x 186 mm. Dated March 20, [19]64. Light wear to edges; several handstamps to recto and verso; minor annotation (in Nilsson's hand?) in blue ink to verso. "Nilsson was generally considered the finest Wagnerian soprano of her day. Her voice was even throughout its range, pure in sound and perfect in intonation with a free ringing top; its size was phenomenal. Her dramatic abilities were considerable. Electra was possibly her finest achievement, although the sheer power and opulence of her voice, coupled with a certain coolness, made her an ideal Turandot. In both of these, as well as in Wagnerian roles, her phenomenal stamina was perfectly suited to the rigorous demands of the music. Her many recordings include Brünnhilde and Isolde, in both of which she was unrivalled, as well as the title roles in Turandot and Elektra; moreover, even her readings of the roles for which she was less renowned, such as Leonore, Aida and Tosca, have had few if any equals since." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Bookseller Inventory #

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