The next Birgit Nilsson Prize will take place in October 2018 – the jubilee year! Updates will follow.

The legendary Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson established a foundation for a prize to be awarded for outstanding achievement in opera and concert.

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Vienna Philharmonic receives the Birgit Nilsson Prize

BBC Music Magazine
“Leading orchestra enjoys accolade for its Historic Archive”
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Vienna Philharmonic wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

Washington Post
“The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra added a prestigious feather to its cap Wednesday, with the Birgit Nilsson Foundation picking it as this year’s winner of its $1-million prize named after the late Swedish soprano.”

Vienna Orchestra to Receive $1 Million Birgit Nilsson Prize

The New York Times
“Nilsson, an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic, made some of her most famous recordings with this ensemble.”
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Durfte eine Göttin küssen

“Die Wiener Philharmoniker erhalten den Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014.”
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Vienna Philharmonic: worthy winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize

The Telegraph
“It’s time to set the record straight on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the deserving winner of opera’s richest prize, says Rupert Christiansen
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Birgit Nilssons pris till Wienerfilharmonikerna

Dagens Nyheter
“Wiens filharmoniska orkester får världens största musikpris: The Birgit Nilsson Music Prize på en miljon dollar eller 6,5 miljoner kronor. Orkestern spelar i den absoluta världseliten.”
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Det tredje Birgit Nilsson-priset går till hel orkester

Svenska Dagbladet
“Det tredje Birgit Nilsson- priset på en miljon dollar går till Wienfilharmonikerna. Det är första gången priset går till en institution. Hela orkestern kommer till Konserthuset i höst när priset delas ut.”
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“Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson was determined to preserve her memory by setting up classical music’s largest prize in her country’s capital. She succeeded, says Oliver Condy
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Letter from Stockholm – SYLVIA L’ÉCUYER travels to the Swedish capital, where Riccardo Muti accepted the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize in October.

“Swedish royalty met opera royalty on October 13, 2011, when H. M. King Carl XVI Gustaf presented the Birgit Nilsson Prize to conductor Riccardo Muti on the stage of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.”
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Riccardo, the lionheart – La Scala’s former capo Riccardo Muti is using his baton to direct Berlusconi, he tells James Bone

The Times (UK)
“For a conductor who served a musical director at La Scala, Milan for 19 years and now leads the acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestras, who has just won two Grammys and the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize, that is high praise indeed.”
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