Great Performances

Birgit's Vocal Technique

Clip: Season 46 Episode 20 | 1m 53s

Watch as German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann explains why Birgit Nilsson was "an unbelievable force of nature" while English-Italian conductor Antonio Pappano breaks down her 1969 performance of "Turandot."

Aired: 03/22/19

Rating: NR

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