Christina Nilsson, World famous Swedish Opera singer

17 10 2019

Presentation by SAHSWI member Carol Gustafson

Saturday February 8, 2020 1:30 PM at Redemption Lutheran Church, 4057 North Mayfair Rd. (Hwy. 100, just north of Capitol Drive) Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

A Rags to Riches Story – The life of Christina Nilsson, the famous Swedish opera singer, will be told by SAHSWI member Carol Gustafson, her great, great niece.  Christina was born August 20, 1843 in Sjöabol/Snugge outside Växjö and died November 20, 1921.  Christina sang at the opening night of the New York Met in 1883.  She was very popular in the USA, Russia, the UK and France. Carol has visited her homestead, now a museum in Sweden as well as her mansion Villa Vik and mausoleum in Växjö. It’s a fascinating story of a poor girl from southern Sweden who became a world renown opera singer.

“Goda Vänner”, Carol Gustafson and Mary Stetson will perform 2 songs written by Christina Nilsson. 

After the presentation and entertainment enjoy a cup of coffee with sweets together with fellow Swedish-Americans and others interested in this exclusive event. The meeting is open to the public.


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26 11 2019
Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin Lucia, update | Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin

[…] The 2019 SAHSWI Lucia is 15 year old Hannah Culter, she will lead the procession of Tärnor (maids), Stjarngossar (starboys), Tomtenissar (elves) and Pepparkaksgubbar (gingerbread boys) at the annual Swedish American Historical Society Lucia celebration on Sunday December 8 at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church, Hales Corners. Hannah is of Swedish descent, her grandparents at young age living in Sweden and since then carrying on the Swedish traditions in the US. The program including traditional Swedish Lucia and Christmas songs is directed by SAHSWI member Sonia Hummel. After the Lucia procession, enjoy some traditional Swedish food, dancing around the Christmas Tree and Santa. Why do Swedes and their descendants celebrate the Sicilian Saint Lucia? Find out more about the History of Lucia Come and enjoy this wonderful tradition, the event is open to the public at no cost – see Santa Lucia Celebration. […]

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