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11 Jan 2006

Swedish Soprano Birgit Nilsson Dies

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nilsson2_small.jpgBy KARL RITTER [Associated Press, 11 January 2006]

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Birgit Nilsson, whose prodigious voice, unrivaled stamina and thrilling high notes made her the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the post-World War II era, has died. She was 87.

A funeral was held Wednesday at a church in her native town of Vastra Karup in southern Sweden with only her closest relatives attending, said Fredrik Westerlund, the church's vicar. He did not know when Nilsson died or the cause of death.

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