Swedish soprano Nina Stemme has won the Nilsson Prize for 2018. The decision was announced this week by Rutbert Reisch, President of the Birgit Nilsson Foundation.
Stemme will receive the distinguished award, along with $1 million, during a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Opera House in Stockholm. The award will be presented by King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf.
Highlights of the event will include performances from the Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera House led by American composer Evan Rogister and accompanied by Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson. The ceremony will also screen a documentary paying homage to Birgit Nilsson, as well as live recordings of her work.
‘It is a great honour to be recognised for my work, but it is even greater to be recognised in my home country by a world-renowned organisation that bears the name and carries the legacy of a legend… my idol Birgit Nilsson,’ Stemme comments. ‘As this is her centenary, receiving this award becomes a most humbling and extraordinary honour.’
‘I am very grateful to be connected with this great lady and to be in the company of Maestro Domingo, Maestro Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic, all of whom have previously received this extraordinary award,’ she continues.
Stemme has been recognised by the awards jury for her exceptional artistic talents, grand-scale soprano vocals, and her intelligence and sensibility, which have earned her great respect among her musical peers.