Birgit Nilsson honors tenor with award

STOCKHOLM — Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will receive the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his contribution to the world of opera.

Nilsson, the Swedish soprano who set up the prize foundation, picked Domingo before her death in 2005, age 87. Prize officials said on Friday that the name had been kept secret for three years after her passing at her request.

Nilsson sang with Domingo several times in her 40-year career.

Tenor-turned-conductor Domingo has performed in 130 roles and is celebrating his 40th season at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

The kudo for outstanding achievements in opera and concert will be awarded every second or third year.

A prize ceremony is planned later this year in Stockholm.

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