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The Italian-born conductor Riccardo Muti, currently the leader of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize. He is the second recipient - the first one was Placido Domingo. The prize is of one million dollars and will be given by the King of Sweden. According to the rules the prize is to be given as close to October 9 as possible, reason for this is that it was the date of Mme. Nilsson's debut at the Stockholm Opera House. The news was very well received in the Swedish press :clapping:

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Nilsson, who created the awarding organization before she died, hand-picked Domingo as the first recipient, but the prize wasn't awarded until after she died.

General Director of Seattle Opera, Speight Jenkins, was on the selection committee.

The announcement and a video of the press conference is on the Birgit Nilsson Prize website:


:flowers: to Mr. Muti on this great honor.

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