A Portrait of Inga Nielsen

Inga Nielsen
Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester
Sir Antonio Pappano

611 861-004 2 CD

486 571-004 4 Digital Reissue


Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
[1] Giulio Cesare. Da tempeste il legno infranto (6:39)
[2] Che senti ?, O Dio! Se pietà di me non sento (11:58)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Don Giovanni KV. 527 (1787)
[3] Ah, fuggi il traditor (1:10)
[4] In quali eccessi, o numi - Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata (6:02)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
[5] Allons! Il le faut! Adieu, notre petite table (4:19)
[6] Je marche sur tous les chemins (5:20)
Giacomo Puccini (1813-1924)
Gianni Schicchi
[7] O mio babbino caro (2:19)
Giuseppe Verdi
La traviata
[8] Teneste la promessa, Addio del passato (4:25)
[9] E strano! Sempre libera (6:57)

Recording Date: April & June 1985
Recording Location:
Helsingborgs Konserthus, Sweden
Produced by: Jesper Buhl
Balance Engineer: Göran Finnberg
Format: DDD Stereo

Recording Information

Having participated in several record productions – a.o. "Parsifal" conducted by Herbert von Karajan – this recording represents the soprano's first solo CD.

Inga Nielsen was born in Holbæk, Denmark and was a child prodigy. She made her first recording at the age of nine singing Danish folk songs and Christmas carols. After finishing her studies in Vienna, Stuttgart and Budapest, she began her career in the opera houses of Germany and Switzerland and in 1975 became an ensemble member of the Frankfurt Opera.

She was a regular guest performer at the Vienna State Opera, Milan's La Scala; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and also the opera houses of Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Zurich, Barcelona as well as New York, Buenos Aires, Florence and Bologna.

Career highlights include new productions of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze) at the Salzburg Festival (1987-1989) and at Covent Garden under the baton of Georg Solti (both presentations have been televised internationally and are available on video), as well as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at Copenhagen's Royal Opera. With a new staging of Salome led by Jiri Kout in Leipzig in 1994, Inga Nielsen began a new direction into the dramatic repertoire. Her first Chrysothemis in Elektra was sung in Japan under the baton of Giuseppe Sinopoli, and was followed by performances of the role in Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Amsterdam and Paris. At the 1990 Munich opera festival she sang the Aspasia in Mozart's Mitridate and at the Salzburg festival the same year she performed in Beethovenís Ninth conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

She was awarded the Tagea Brandt Rejselegat in 1984. In 1992 Nielsen was appointed Knight of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Inga Nielsen died at the Gentofte hospital in Copenhagen of cancer in 2008. She was 61.

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