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February 20, 2009 The famed tenor wins the largest prize in classical music, funded by late soprano Birgit Nilsson.

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January 11, 2006 Nilsson is often described as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the post-World War II era.

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Soprano Zdenka Fassbender as Brunnhilde, a warrior maiden in a production of Wagner's 'Die Walkure'.   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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