Thursday, 24 February 2011

New book about La Nilsson


Classicalify strongly recommend this new book about La Nilsson. The book can be bought from The Birgit Nilsson Museum or at www.bokus.com.
It's yet only in Swedish and Classicalify don't know yet if there will be an English translation.

Ny bok om Birgit Nilssons barndom och hembygdsengagemang

Birgit i Bjäre är en ny bok om Birgit Nilssons barndom och hennes kärlek till sin hembygd, författad av Kalle Eriksson. Boken handlar inte om världsstjärnan Birgit Nilsson. Här får vi istället möta bonddottern, skolflickan och Bjäretösen Birgit. Vi får följa henne i hemmet och i skolan, i lekar med sina kamrater i byn. Vi möter henne i umgänget med ungdomsvänner och i arbetet på gården. I bokens senare del får vi följa Birgits insatser för sin hembygd även efter det att hon blivit en över hela världen hyllad stjärna: den långa raden av konserter till förmån för Bjäre Härads Hembygdsförening.

Mycket har skrivits och sagts om världsartisten Birgit Nilsson. Däremot har ingen samlad bild presenterats av Birgit som barn och som ung hemma i Svenstad, förrän nu. Kalle Eriksson, som under många år samarbetade med Birgit Nilsson när det gällde konsertarrangemangen i Västra Karup, fick i uppdrag av Birgit Nilssons Minne AB att skildra denna hittills okända del av Birgit Nilssons liv. Birgit i Bjäre är tryckt i 3000 exemplar. Boken är på svenska och finns till försäljning på Birgit Nilsson Museum.

Opera the Swiss way.







Switzerland - famous for watches, alps, Toblerone, Lindt chokolate, Sprüngli, good opera... These three DVD:s are really a new way of making opera, and making it for the people.

Buy the DVD:s from this site:






Saturday, 12 February 2011

ROH rumours...



It's "next season" time all over the Internet. Classicalify keeps four blogs with the stuff we've heard about coming seasons at the Royal Opera House, Opera de Bastille, Wiener Staatsoper and La Scala. Check out the blog links and you'll probably find a lot to dream about! Fellow blogger Opera is magic! has some more rumours about coming seasons at London's Royal Opera house. These are only rumours, but as we say... No smoke without a fire. Enjoy!


Amsterdam 2011-2012


One of Classicalify's favourite cities in Europe is Amsterdam. Performances are refreshing, innovative, daring and there is always interesting singers around. The city is liberal, open-minded and the canals make it very special. De Nederlandse Opera in combination with Concertgebouw is unbeatable! Go to A'dam!

Via this link you can now see what is on at DNO next season, 2011-2012:

http://www.dno.nl/index.php?m=performances&sm=season&sea=37

Friday, 4 February 2011

Lena Nyman - RIP


This is a tribute to one of the leading actresses in Sweden, the land of many operafans and theatrelovers... Classicalify can only agree to Lena Nyman being one of the biggest Swedish actresses after seing several of her films.


Watch Lena sing the famous song about kalakukko from the film "The Adventures of Picasso".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWheSfRs7gE

Dame Margaret - RIP


Welsh Opera star Dame Margaret Price died at her home near Cardigan in Wales at the age of 69 as a result of heart failure on Friday January 28, 2011.
Considered one of the leading sopranos in the world, Dame Margaret made her debut in 1962 as Cherubino in the “Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart. She went on to repeat the performance at the Royal Opera House at Convent Garden in London.
By her retirement in 1999 Dame Margaret had graced the stage in many of the world’s greatest Opera Houses. She was known for the purity and beauty of her soprano voice.
Among her many honours was knighthood – Dame Commander of the British Empire - by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1993.


Listen here to Bel raggio...