A $1 million classical music prize has been established to commemorate the late Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.

The prize is the largest to be awarded in the history of classical music and is to celebrate outstanding achievements in the international field of opera and concert, the Birgit Nilsson Foundation announced Friday. The foundation said it was creating the prize according to the singer’s wishes.

Well, hey … I play in an opera pit. There’s that. If I win I am going to share it with everyone I know. Really.

I read it here.


  1. That is an amazing story! And I am so curious – she actually chose the first winner and put the name in a sealed envelope which will be opened some time next year…. Exciting:-)

  2. It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? I’m going to guess that a double reed player’s name won’t be in the envelope. 😉

  3. Well – we can always hope for the best….
    But, I assume it will be a singer. I’ve been trying to figure out who would have been the obvious choice back then, difficult!