At Wednesday’s (3/16) Culture Monster blog in the Los Angeles Times, David Ng writes that Riccardo Muti has been awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson prize for “his extraordinary contributions in opera and concert, as well as his enormous influence in the music world both on and off the stage. The prize … is handed out once every two or three years. Muti is scheduled to receive his award at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 13. Muti, 69, has led many major orchestras around the world during his lengthy career. He began his tenure as the music director the Chicago Symphony in 2010. … The prize was created by the celebrated Swedish soprano, who died in 2005. Award recipients are decided by the Birgit Nilsson Foundation Board, based on the recommendation of an international jury. The 2011 jury members included five individuals from the U.S. and Europe: Speight Jenkins, general director of the Seattle Opera; Rupert Christiansen, opera critic of the Daily Telegraph; Eva Wagner-Pasquier, co-director of the Bayreuth Festival; Clemens Hellsberg, president of the Vienna Philharmonic; and Bengt Hall, managing director of the Malmö Opera in Sweden.”

Posted March 17, 2011