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

Plácido Domingo – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2009

Domingo received the Prize from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf at a gala event at the Royal Swedish Opera in October 13, 2009. Visibly moved, he made an emotional speech and announced that he would invest the Prize money into supporting Operalia, the young artists competition he founded in 1993. The award ceremony was accompanied by a performance of Wagner’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde sung by Nina Stemme. Comments from the recipient “I decided to use this generous award…

Plácido Domingo – Birgit Nilsson Prize ceremony 2009

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2009 to Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo was the first recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize, chosen by Nilsson herself. Yet the announcement was not made until February 2009, three years after Birgit Nilsson’s death and 40 years after her first collaboration with Domingo, performing Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “Plácido Domingo’s worldwide career is legendary - singing 130 different roles, more than any other tenor in history” commented, Rutbert Reisch, President of the Birgit Nilsson Foundation. “His musicality is confirmed by…

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2009 to Plácido Domingo

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