Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Man is a Force of Nature

Spanish Tenor, Conductor and Administrator, Placido Domingo has been given the first ever Birgit Nilsson prize for his "unrivalled contributions to the world of opera". With this prize, he receives $1 million - the largest prize in classical music. The Swedish soprano gave instructions before her death in 2005 for the establishment of the prize in her name and left a sealed envelope containing Placido Domingo's name as her choice for the first recipient. Until now, that sealed envelope contained the best kept secret in classical music. In a statement, Mr. Domingo expressed his gratitude, adding: “My greatest regret was that Birgit and I never performed together in ‘Die Walk├╝re’ or ‘Tristan und Isolde.’ I remember telling her this many years ago, to which she replied, ‘Well then, you better hurry up.’ “

(Photo L.: Spanish tenor Placido Domingo attends the press conference prior to his concert on January 12, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. )
(Photo R.: Soprano Birgit Nilsson in a scene from Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera, 1960 - by: Alfred Eisenstaedt)

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