Finnilä, Birgit, Swedish contralto; b. Falkenberg, Jan. 20, 1931. She studied with I. Linden in Göteborg and with Roy Henderson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1963 she made her formal concert debut in Goteborg, and then sang regularly in her homeland. After making her London debut in 1966, she sang in Germany. In 1967 she made her operatic debut as Gluck’s Orfeo in Goteborg. In 1968 she toured North America, and then appeared in many of the major European music centers. She was active principally as a concert artist, appearing as a soloist with the major orchs. and as a recitalist.
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