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

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Vienna Philharmonic To Digitize Archive

New York Times
“The Vienna Philharmonic, the recipient of this year’s Birgit Nilsson Prize, often described as the classical music world’s Nobel Prize, announced plans on Wednesday to invest the $1 million award in the digitization of its historic archive.”
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Le Philharmonique de Vienne reçoit le prix Birgit Nilsson

Le Figaro
“Un roulement de tambour, et le public de la salle de concerts de Stockholm se lève comme un seul homme : voici le roi et la reine de Suède. Smoking et robe longue exigés par le dress code, hymne suédois, tout évoque le Prix Nobel, à ceci près que c’est un autre nom qui figure sur scène : Prix Birgit Nilsson. Il manquait un Prix Nobel pour la musique : oubli réparé par la Fondation Birgit Nilsson, nommée d’après l’immense soprano wagnérienne suédoise.
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Standing Ovations für die Wiener Philharmoniker

Kurier
“Die Wiener Philharmoniker nahmen in Stockholm aus königlicher Hand den Nilsson-Preis entgegen.”
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Nilsson-Preis für die Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Presse
“Schwedens König, Carl XVI. Gustaf, überreichte den zum dritten Mal vergebenen Birgit-Nilsson-Preis.”
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Vienna Philharmonic to spend $1m Birgit Nilsson Prize on its archive

Gramophone
“The subject of Birgit Nilsson’s name and a certain sum of money is being discussed again. For the record, I’ll put my hand up straight away and say: I entirely approve. In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s a highly appropriate honour for this iconic figure of Swedish culture.”
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Wienfilharmonikerna öppnar arkiven

Svenska Dagbladet
“Prispengarna från Birgit Nilssons pris – en miljon dollar – ska användas för att tillgängliggöra Wienfilharmonikernas historiska arkiv. Så vill orkestern skapa transparens och lägga korten på bordet om det förflutna.”
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Birgit Nilsson-pengar ska öppna Wienfilharmonikernas arkiv

Dagens Nyheter
“I kväll får Wiens filharmoniker Birgit Nilsson-priset i Stockholms konserthus. Prispengarna på sju miljoner kronor tänker man använda till ett stort digitaliserat arkiv öppet för alla.”
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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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