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Soprano wins top prize in memory of Swedish opera legend

Legendary Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson in 1973. Photo: Olle Lindeborg/TT

Published: 15.May.2018 14:45 hrs

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 prize, one of the largest in the world of classical music, is given every three or four years to recognize the achievements of an active artist in the field.

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

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