Birgit Nordin

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Birgit Nordin
Born (1934-02-22) February 22, 1934 (age 84)
Sangis, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Opera soprano at the Royal Swedish Opera
Years active 1958–1986
Spouse(s) Jerker Arvidson (1939–2007)
Awards Hovsångerska (1973)

Birgit Nordin (born 22 February 1934 in Sangis, Sweden) is a Swedish opera soprano.[1]


Nordin attended the Stockholm Royal College of Music from 1956 to 1958, studying under Britta von Vegesack. Later she trained with Lina Pagliughi in Italy.[1]


Nordin joined the company of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm where she worked from 1958 to 1986.

Nordin's debut was as Oscar in Verdi's Masked Ball on 21 October 1958 and she was part of the company which visited London and the Edinburgh International Festival in 1960.[1] From 1960 she appeared most years at the Drottningholm Festival where she played twelve major Mozartian roles.[1]

Abroad Nordin sang the role of "Jenny Smith" in the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Copenhagen, and appeared on Danish television as Lulu in 1970, also singing in the St Matthew Passion in Berlin that year.[1] Other roles included Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande.

Nordin received the Christina Nilsson Fellowship twice, and was appointed a Hovsångerska (court singer) in 1973.[1] Nordin appeared in the 1975 film Trollflöjten as the Queen of the Night.

After retiring from the stage, Nordin undertook some teaching and stage direction.

Personal life[edit]

Nordin was married to the Swedish bass-baritone Jerker Arvidson (1939–2007).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kutsch KJ, Riemens L. Unvergängliche Stimmen: Sängerlexikon. Francke Verlag, Bern und Munchen, 1982.

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