Swedish opera singer wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: Swedish opera singer Nina Stemme has won the one-million dollar prize awarded in memory of the Nordic nation’s legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson, the jury said on Tuesday.

The prize, one of the largest in the world of classical music, is given every three or four years to recognise the achievements of an active artiste in the field, reported news agency.

Stemme was honoured “for her interpretations of the dramatic soprano repertoire with her respect for the composer’s intentions, her tireless dedication to the dramatic soprano repertoire, and for being a great Wagnerian soprano of today,” the jury said in a statement.

The Birgit Nilsson Prize was founded by the singer herself before she died in 2005 aged 87 with hopes of inspiring young artistes to reach their full potential.