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Yo-Yo Ma to receive the 2022 Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birgit Nilsson Foundation President, Susanne Rydén, announced today that the 2022 Birgit Nilsson Prize will be awarded to cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. At one million US dollars, the Prize is the largest in classical music, awarded to artists and institutions who have contributed an important chapter to music history. Yo-Yo Ma is the first instrumentalist to receive the Prize, which will be presented to him by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Prize Ceremony on October 18 at the…

Yo-Yo Ma to receive the 2022 Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birgit Nilsson Stiftelsen to announce the 2022 Prize Recipient

In exactly one year from today, on 17 May 2022, the fifth recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize will be announced on Birgit’s birthday. The largest Prize in Classical Music, the 2022 recipient will receive 1 million dollars, which will be presented at a Gala Ceremony held in Stockholm in October of the same year.  As Gramophone Magazine wrote following the Prize Ceremony in 2014: “We live in times when it’s increasingly hard for classical music to get itself discussed…

Birgit Nilsson Stiftelsen to announce the 2022 Prize Recipient

Birgit Nilsson Foundation receives Special Achievement Award at Gramophone Awards for centenary celebration

On October 16, 2019, the world’s leading classical music magazine Gramophone awarded the Birgit Nilsson Foundationwith a Special Achievement Award; an award given to an organisation that has supported the legacy of a great artist with notable imagination and loyalty. Gramophone states in their communication around the Special Achievement Award: “In Birgit Nilsson’s centennial year, the Foundation has not only beautifully celebrated her extraordinary talent and artistry but is now also responsible for introducing Nilsson to a generation who were never able to experience her live.” – We are…

Birgit Nilsson Foundation receives Special Achievement Award at Gramophone Awards for centenary celebration

Nina Stemme, Lyric’s high-powered Elektra, recalls her cosmic trek from the world of Mimi

Superstar soprano, recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize, says an early competition she lost proved to be an unexpected gift. By Dennis PolkowBy this point in soprano Nina Stemme’s operatic journey, the high-intensity role of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” has emerged as a signature piece. Indeed, the Swedish singer and reigning Wagnerian soprano, who currently performs the distraught and vengeful Elektra in her debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, all but owns the part. She is the foremost Elektra in the world today,…

Nina Stemme, Lyric’s high-powered Elektra, recalls her cosmic trek from the world of Mimi

Nina Stemme – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2018

The Swedish dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme, was the fourth recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize, awarded in the year which also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Birgit NIlsson’s birth. The Award ceremony took place October11, 2018 at the Royal Swedish Opera in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia. In honour of the occasion, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel performed scenes from The Flying Dutchman, Die Meistersinger and Falstaff with The Royal Swedish Orchestra under the…

Nina Stemme – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2018

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2018 to Nina Stemme

Nina Stemme has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize Internationally famous Swedish-born soprano Nina Stemme is in great demand worldwide. She is a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, Opera Bastille in Paris and the Royal Opera Houses in London and Stockholm, to name just a few. As a dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme has continued the great tradition of Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson. She has…

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2018 to Nina Stemme

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…

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2014

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2014 to Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Birgit Nilsson Foundation President Rutbert Reisch announced today that the Birgit Nilsson Prize for 2014 will be awarded to the VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at the Konserthuset (Stockholm Concert Hall) in Stockholm, Sweden on October 8, 2014. This award will be given in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia. As VPO President Clemens Hellsberg accepts this honour on the orchestra’s behalf, the entire Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will be present in Stockholm to perform under the…

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2014 to Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Riccardo Muti – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2011

Riccardo Muti received the Birgit Nilsson Prize in October 2011 at a ceremony in the presence of the Royal Family at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Gianandrea Noseda directed the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Royal Opera Chorus and the Swedish Radio Choir in a performance of Va, pensiero from Verdi’s opera Nabucco and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sang Tacea la notte placida from Il Travatore. Comments “Muti is a good choice, not just because he really is an excellent conductor,…

Riccardo Muti – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2011

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011 to Riccardo Muti

Birgit Nilsson Foundation President Rutbert Reisch announced today that the Birgit Nilsson Prize for 2011 will be awarded to laureate RICCARDO MUTI at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sweden on October 13, 2011 in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia. This extraordinary prize of one million dollars, the largest ever given in the world of classical music, is awarded every 2-3 years for outstanding achievements to a currently active singer (in the fields of…

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011 to Riccardo Muti