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Great Performances

Great Performances, Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own

Great Performances, Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own

Friday, March 22, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, March 23, at 2:30 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Sunday, March 24, at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26, at 8 p.m.

Joining a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month, this performance-documentary celebrates the life and career of Birgit Nilsson, the era-defining Swedish dramatic soprano. With her unforgettable voice, Nilsson became the face of opera in the 1950s-’70s. She was best known for her groundbreaking turns in Wagner, Strauss and Puccini operas.

Showcasing Nilsson’s powerful voice paired with her outsized personality and wit, this illuminating documentary about her life in the arts features rare television and archival footage highlighting her remarkable talents. The film also includes interviews with friends and fellow opera luminaries, including Plácido Domingo and Marilyn Horne.

 

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