John Mclaughlin Williams commented on Facebook:When one thinks about the good that money could have done if awarded elsewhere besides another millionaire conductor...John, I can only agree. My reaction when I read about the Birgit Nilsson Prize was - whatever were they smoking?
Riccardo Muti was the second recipient of the Birgit Nillson prize. The first was Plácido Domingo.No further comment needed.
The "they" here is Miss Nilsson who wanted, with her own money, to create a prize for mature opera and concert artists and institutions. She chose Domingo herself to be the first winner, to be named in 2009 after her death. A jury, following her criteria, selected Muti as the second recipient. Her foundation also supports young artists, several of whom performed at the gala dinner following the award of the prize in Stockholm last week. There is plenty of information (as well as video and audio material, recent and archival) at the foundation's website: http://www.birgitnilssonprize.org/
This debate continues on a new path - http://www.overgrownpath.com/2011/10/are-1-million-music-prizes-good-thing.html
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