The documentary will be available to stream beginning March 23 at pbs.org/gperf and on PBS apps.
Showcasing her powerful voice paired with her outsized personality and wit, this illuminating documentary about the iconic Swedish soprano’s life in the arts features rare television and archival footage highlighting her remarkable talents and includes interviews with friends and fellow opera luminaries, including Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann and many others.
Photo: Birgit Nilsson performing in “Elektra” in 1969. Credit: Zoë Dominic
Birgit and her “Tosca” Co-Stars
Nilsson performed “Tosca” numerous times in her career. See rare footage of her with her 1968 co-star, Italian lyric tenor Gianni Raimondi, and hear Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo describe performing a matinee with her in 1969.
Birgit’s Vocal Technique
Watch as German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann explains why Birgit Nilsson was “an unbelievable force of nature” while English-Italian conductor Antonio Pappano breaks down her 1969 performance of “Turandot.”