Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK


Andrew Farkas


Birgit Nilsson, La Nilsson, Opera Biography


The American edition of Birgit Nilsson 's memoirs has a long and unhappy history. The book barely hit the best seller list on the domestic Swedish market in 1995, when I urged the publisher for whom I edited an Opera Biography series to issue the book in English. The company was reluctant to invest the cost of translation on top of Mme Nilsson's demands for a large advance against royalties, and they declined. Appreciating the value and broad interest of the book, I recommended it to another publisher. They enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity and negotiated a contract with Mme Nilsson. The project was on its way, or so it seemed.