Nina Stemme is ten grand richer

Nina Stemme is ten grand richer


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2014

The Swedish soprano has been awarded the music prize of the city of Duisburg. Probably won’t change her life. Or anything.

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  • Michael Endres says:

    The city of Duisburg’s prize doesn’t quite obviously live up to everybody’s standards, but
    previous recipients include Yehudi Menuhin, Alfred Brendel , Hans Wener Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki and Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, to name just a few..

    • Hilary says:

      One of the fictional characters in the wonderful black comedy series ‘the league of gentlemen’ was from Duisburg. He was a school teacher.

  • michael endres says:

    Indeed, it was Herr Lipp . And as the LOG is one of my all-time favorite Brit comedies here a revealing musical clip regarding Herr Lipp from Duisburg.

    • Hilary says:

      Thanks Michael. I’d not seen this particular episode. Glad to hear League of G has a following in Germany. Incidentally,the composer Joby Talbot wrote the tritone infused soundtrack.

  • Richard Epp says:

    Mr. Lebrecht:
    I have no idea what your comment might mean. Is it a dig at The City of Duisburg Prize implying it is useless and self serving? If so it is just the latest in a long line of prizes that serve exactly the same purpose. Is it a dig at Nina Stemma, who although I have never had the pleasure to hear live I have enjoyed tremendously via CD and DVD? If so, I have to say “Shame on you”.
    So, I guess I will stop reading your blog – it won’t be a loss for you but it will be for me.

  • helsinki says:

    Probably won’t change her life. Or anything.
    What does THAT mean?