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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2014

On the occasion of the Award Ceremony in October 8, 2014, the entire orchestra flew to Sweden and performed on stage at the Stockholm Konserthus under the direction of Riccardo Muti, in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia.

“No singer stands alone on the opera stage and the highest performance standards can only be achieved with partners who bring the same passion and dedication to their work” commented Rutbert Reisch, President of the Birgit Nilsson Foundation. “This was the reason why Birgit Nilsson loved to perform with the Vienna Philharmonic. She loved to work with them because of their specific sound and unique ability to breathe with the performers on stage.”


Currently the Archive is housed in Vienna’s Haus der Musik, but the $1m prize money will contribute substantially to creating a suitable modern home for it, with full public access and with space for writers and scholars to visit and conduct their research. Digitalising the contents so they can be made available online is a priority.

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