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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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Jubilant Presentation of the Birgit Nilsson Prize to Nina Stemme

Photo: H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presents the Birgit Nilsson Prize to Nina Stemme

At an Award Ceremony in the Royal Swedish Opera, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme was presented with the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize. In the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia and invited guests, the ceremony included performances by bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and soprano Christina Nilsson accompanied by the Royal Swedish Orchestra, conducted by Evan Rogister. The 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize has a special significance as this year celebrates the centenary of Birgit Nilsson’s birth.

Swedish born Nina Stemme was recognized as the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize recipient for her internationally praised interpretations of the dramatic soprano repertoire, her respect for the composer’s intentions, tireless dedication to the dramatic soprano repertoire and for being a great Wagnerian soprano.

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

Last night 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 deeply honoured by the recognition Gramophone has shown the Birgit Nilsson Foundation and extend our warmest congratulations to the former president Rutbert Reisch. From the Foundation’s new Swedish platform, we gladly take on the responsibility to introduce the legacy of Birgit Nilsson for generations to come, says Susanne Rydén, chairman of Birgit Nilsson Foundation.

For more information, please read the Gramophone report: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/gramophone-classical-music-awards-2019-the-full-report

Please click here for more information about the CD-collection “Birgit Nilsson – The Great Live Recordings”, the books (autobiography “La Nilsson – My Life in Opera” and “Birgit Nilsson 100 – An Homage”) and the documentary DVD: “Birgit Nilsson – A League of Her Own”.


Rutbert Reisch travelled to Switzerland on 10 May to receive the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) for Best Historical Recording of the Year, which was awarded to Birgit Nilsson: The Great Live Recordings at a ceremony in Lucerne’s KKL Concert Hall. The 31 CD live box set, which was curated by the Birgit Nilsson Foundation to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2018, was released as a limited edition on Sony and sold out within months. On presenting the award, the ICMA Jury commented “For those who never saw her on stage, this box set is the closest we come to experiencing such a miracle, and the best possible tribute to one of the great sopranos of the 20th century.” Read ICMA’s interview with Rutbert Reisch about Birgit Nilsson and her extraordinary legacy: https://www.icma-info.com/keeping-alive-nilssons-heritage-the-mission-of-rutbert-reisch/


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