(Birgit Nilsson e Plácido Domingo)
Nilsson e Domingo nunca actuaram juntos, lamentavelmente.
Antes de partir, a maior das suecas líricas criou um prémio, destinado a distinguir artistas líricos extraordinários. Ainda antes de partir, a diva decidiu quem seria o primeiro galardoado: Domingo.
«The tenor Plácido Domingo, below, has been named the winner of the first Birgit Nilsson Prize for outstanding achievement in classical music, the Birgit Nilsson Foundation said on Friday. The recipient also receives $1 million. The foundation, established by Ms. Nilsson, the Swedish soprano who died in 2005, plans to award the prize every two to three years; subsequent winners will be nominated by a jury and selected by the foundation’s board, though Mr. Domingo was chosen by Ms. Nilsson before her death. In a statement, Mr. Domingo expressed his gratitude, adding: “My greatest regret was that Birgit and I never performed together in ‘Die Walküre’ or ‘Tristan und Isolde.’ I remember telling her this many years ago, to which she replied, ‘Well then, you better hurry up.’ “»
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