Christina Nilsson, World famous Swedish Opera singer

17 10 2019

February 8 meeting held at Redemption Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. A Rags to Riches Story – Christina Nilsson

The life of Christina Nilsson, the famous Swedish opera singer, was 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 talked about her visit to Christina’s homestead, now a museum in Sweden as well as her visit to the 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.

After the presentation Carol and Mary Stetson, artistic name “Goda Vänner”, performed 2 songs written by Christina Nilsson. They also sang and invited to the audience to join in singing Christina’s signature Swedish Folk song: “Fjorton ar tror jag visst att jag var” translated “I think surely I was fourteen years old”. She also shared a link to the song performed by Mia Marianne and Per Filip.

More information about this exclusive story will follow.



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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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