Award Ceremony - The Birgit Nilsson Prize

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

Birgit Nilsson

Award Ceremony

The 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize was awarded in Stockholm at the historical Royal Opera on October 11, 2018. The gala award ceremony, honoring Nina Stemme, included star musical performances paying tribute to Birgit Nilsson, the legendary Swedish dramatic soprano.

Award Ceremony 2018

Previous Award Ceremonies

Award Ceremony 2014

On October 8, 2014, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra received the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize at a festive Ceremony in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia at the Concert Hall in Stockholm. During the Ceremony the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the direction of 2011 recipient Maestro Riccardo Muti. Read More »

Award Ceremony 2011

On 13 October 2011 Maestro Riccardo Muti received the 2011 Birgit Nilsson Prize at a festive Ceremony in the presence of the Royal Family at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. During the Ceremony the renowned American Metropolitan Opera soprano Sondra Radvanovsky performed. Read More »

Award Ceremony 2009

On the very stage where Birgit Nilsson made her debut, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf presented the first Birgit Nilsson Prize to star tenor, conductor and opera house director Plácido Domingo. With a one million dollar award, it is the most generous prize in the world of classical music. Read More »


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