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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
This award will be given in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and
H.M. Queen Silvia. As VPO President Clemens Hellsberg accepts this honour on the orchestra’s
behalf, the entire Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will be present in Stockholm to perform
under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti, the 2011 Prize laureate. The mistress of
ceremonies for the October 8 event will be Stockholm born/ NY based radio/television
journalist Pia Lindström, daughter of renowned Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman.
The extraordinary Birgit Nilsson Prize of one million dollars, the largest given in the world of
classical music, is awarded approximately every 3 years for outstanding achievements and
major contributions to the field of opera/concert to a currently active singer (in the field of
opera, concert, oratorio, or lieder); a currently active conductor (in the field of opera or
concert); an institution with an outstanding record in opera or concert, such as an orchestra, a
chorus, or an opera company (in the case of an opera company, specifically in recognition of
an exceptional production that respects the spirit of the composer).