Domingo to Receive Birgit Nilsson Award
The first ever Birgit Nilsson award goes to Spanish opera legend Placido Domingo.
The one million dollar prize money makes this the largest award of its kind. The prize is to be awarded to a classical singer, conductor or specific production, every two to three years, starting in 2009.
The creation of the award was revealed just before Christmas last year but at that time the name of the first winner - who was chosen by Birgit Nilsson herself - was still in a sealed envelope.
When the news of the prize reached Domingo on Thursday he is reported to have been especially moved to be chosen by Nilsson, who was a role model during his early career, according to Swedish Radio news.
Birgit Nilsson and Placido Domingo sang together for the first time in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Tosca in New York in 1969 – almost exactly 40 years ago.
Domingo will be presented with the prize in person at a ceremony in Stockholm later in the year.