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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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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:

The Great Performance team at WNET broadcast the Birgit Nilsson documentary: A League of Her Own

The Great Performances team at WNET will broadcasting the Birgit Nilsson documentary: A League of Her Own – premiering Friday, March 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) This illuminating documentary about Birgit Nilsson’s life in the arts features rare television and archival footage highlighting her remarkable talents, and features interviews with friends and fellow opera luminaries, including Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann and many others.

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ICMA International Classical Music Award 2019: “Birgit Nilsson – The Great Live Recordings” winner in the Historical Recording category

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The director Otto Schenk once said that « Birgit Nilsson’s miracle has to be experienced in the theater. » For those who never saw her on a stage, this box 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 (ICMA).


Prophecy fulfilled: WNO announces Zambello extension, Rogister appointment

Francesca Zambello will remain artistic director of the Washington National Opera. On Friday, the company made a long-expected announcement that the director’s contract has been renewed, for three more years, through the 2020-2021 season.

The company will have a new musical leader, as well: Evan Rogister will take over as principal conductor for a four-year term, through 2021-2022. Rogister, notably, will not have the official title of music director, although WNO’s statement said he will hold “the same responsibilities as a music director.” He will report to Tim O’Leary, WNO’s general director.

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Birgit Nilsson hyllas med en egen bakelse och pralin

I år, när Birgit Nilsson skulle fyllt 100 år, får hon sin egen bakelse och pralin. Dessa är skapade av operasångaren Rickard Söderberg som också vunnit tävlingen Hela kändis-Sverige bakar 2015 och dessertmästaren Joel Lindqvist som fått utmärkelser för sitt arbete med desserter. Skapelser kommer att serveras för första gången i samband med The Birgit Nilsson Prize Award i Stockholm den 11 oktober.
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”I would have hated to be mediocre”: Nina Stemme on winning the Birgit Nilsson Prize

Hugo Shirley, 25 Mai 2018
The criteria for the Birgit Nilsson Prizeare nothing if not stringent. The winner, the guidelines stipulate, has to be an artist with a decades-long position at the very top of their profession, as well as an unimpeachable reputation for reliability and putting the composer first. This year, in the 100th anniversary of the great Swedish soprano’s birth, it had already been made known that the $1m prize was to go to a singer again – the previous winners had been Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic. Anyone compiling their own mental shortlist of possible candidates will likely have come up with a list that was, if not short, then hardly long.
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Stemme sjunger gärna mer i Sverige

Epoch Times
Hon har aldrig fått så många gratulationer som för Birgit Nilsson-priset. Nina Stemme känner sig hjärtevarm och “inte så lite ödmjuk”. Nu fortsätter hon med Wagner i München men skulle gärna sjunga mer i Sverige.
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