Cornelia Beskow Wins 2022 Birgit Nilsson Stipendium

By Francisco Salazar

Swedish lyric dramatic soprano Cornelia Beskow has been awarded the 2022 Birgit Nilsson Stipendium.

The prize, which is given to promising young singers and is awarded from a fund that was established in 1969, includes 200,000 SEK (approximately €20,000).

Beskow will receive the award on August 12 when she will perform in Birgit Nilsson’s parish church at Västra Karup, as a part of the celebrations for this year’s “Birgit Nilsson Days.”

The soprano is a winner of the 2017 Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition, where she was awarded all four prizes.

In a statement, Beskow said, “Birgit Nilsson is not only my greatest vocal idol, she has also inspired me with her humor and her wisdom. She said for example: ‘Achieve something you have always dreamed of, and you will experience something you could never have dreamed of.’ That is how I feel when I receive her great scholarship!”

The Birgit Nilsson Stipendium has been awarded to such great singers as Nina Stemme, Anders Larsson, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson and Anna Larsson. The last recipient to receive the Stipendium personally from Birgit Nilsson was Susanne Resmark in 2002. A year after Birgit’s death the Stipendium was awarded once again, presented jointly to Michael Weinius and John Lundgren on the occasion of a memorial service held in 2006.