Nina Stemme has won the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize.
The Birgit Nilsson Foundation announced that the prize will be awarded at a special ceremony on Oct. 11, 2018 at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. Stemme was recognized 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.
She will be the fourth recipient of the prize, following Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Muti, and the Vienna Philharmonic. She is thus the first soprano to win the award.
Nina Stemme is one of the most in-demand sopranos in the world. She is a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Opera Bastille, and the Royal Opera Houses in London and Stockholm, as well as many others. Among her most celebrated roles are Wagner’s Isolde in “Tristan und Isolde,” Brünnhilde in The Ring Cycle, Kundry in “Parsifal,” the title roles of Strauss’ “Salome” and “Elektra” as well as Puccini’s “Turandot” and “La Fanciulla del West.”