Famed Soprano Birgit Nilsson Dead

The newspaper Expressen reports that that famed Swedish opera singer Birgit Nilsson is dead, at the age of 87.

The newspaper says Birgit Nilsson died 10 days ago, and was buried Wednesday at a private ceremony of family and friends in Västra Karup, where she was born, in southern Sweden.

During a career spanning four decades Birgit Nilsson performed at such famous venues as Beyreuth, the Metropolitan and La Scala. She was regarded as the greatest soprano of her time, best known for her interpretations of Wagner.

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