Honours and awards - 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

Honours and awards

1954 Royal Court Singer, Stockholm
1958 Gold Medal, Teatro Liceo, Barcelona, Spain
1960 Royal Medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’, Stockholm
1960 Honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm
1966 Sonning Music Prize, Denmark
1967 Gold Medal ‘För tonkonstens främjande’(‘For the promotion of the art of music’)
of the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm
1968 Austrian Kammersängerin
1968 Honorary Member of the Vienna State Opera
1970 Honorary doctorate from Andover University, Andover, Mass. USA
1970 Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London
1970 Bavarian Kammersängerin, Munich
1972 Royal medal ‘Ingenio et Arte’, Denmark
1974 Commander of the Order of Vasa, first class, Stockholm
1975 Commander of the Order of St. Olav, first class, Norway
1981 ‘Illis Quorum’ gold medal, 18th grade with chain, Stockholm
1981 Gold medal of the Kungliga Teatern, Stockholm
1982 Honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, New York
1982 Honorary doctorate from Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
1982 ‘Swedish-American of the Year’ award, New York
1988 Cross of merit, first class, of the Land of Lower Saxony, Germany
1991 Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, France
1993 Royal Opera House Silver Medal for 25 year’s service as a Guest Artist, London
1994 Award of the American-Swedish Foundation, New York
1997 Honorary doctorate of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
1999 Honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic


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