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Renée Fleming to Make Her Swedish Debut at the 2006 Nobel Prize Concert

11 May 2006

For the second year in a row Nobel Media, in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall, is launching the Nobel Prize Concert – a world-class annual event. The concert will take place on December 8 and be part of the official program during the Nobel Week. On Monday May 15, tickets will go on sale to the general public.

The Nobel Prize Concert is an annually recurring classic concert concept of the finest international class, following in the tradition of the Jubilee Concerts held in the 1990s and the Centennial Concert in 2001 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize.

The concert will be held primarily to honor the year's Nobel Laureates, in the presence of the Nobel Laureates and their parties, the Swedish Royal Family and the guests of the Nobel Foundation. The general public is also being offered an opportunity to attend. On Monday, May 15, more than 800 tickets will be released for sale.

“Considering the success of last year's concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma, it is extra thrilling to be able to offer the general public another top-ranking international performer. This year, Sweden's TV4 network has again agreed to broadcast the annual Nobel Concert − which we are very pleased about,” says Camilla Hyltén-Cavallius, CEO of Nobel Media.

Appearing as the soloist at this year's Nobel Prize Concert will be one of the great voices of our time, American soprano Renée Fleming. The two-time Grammy Award winner made her breakthrough in Le Nozze di Figaro, as the Countess, at the Houston Grand Opera in 1988. She has appeared in major roles at opera houses worldwide. Over the years her artistic versatility has also resulted in cinematic acting roles, a jazz singing album as well as an autobiography in which she tells about her life as a singer. At the Nobel Prize Concert, she will perform a program consisting opera highlights with a few elements of modern music.

“It is no coincidence that Renée Fleming is choosing to make her first-ever appearance in Sweden at the Nobel Prize Concert. Nobel is Sweden's strongest brand, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has a first-class international reputation − the combination is extremely attractive,” says Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director, Stockholm Concert Hall.

At this year's Nobel Prize Concert, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by the Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi, Music Director of the Welsh National Opera (WNO). During the spring Carlo Rizzi conducted Wagner's The Flying Dutchman at the WNO.

The Nobel Prize Concert is an externally financed project within the framework of Nobel Media's activities in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall. The ticket price for the general public will range from SEK 590 to SEK 1,190, including the program book and champagne during the intermission.

The Nobel Prize Concert is sponsored by DnB NOR and Statkraft.

For further information, please contact:

Camilla Hyltén-Cavallius, CEO, Nobel Media, telephone +46
8 663 14 83 or cell +46 70 524 57 70

Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director, Stockholm Concert Hall, telephone +46 8 786 02 20 or cell +46 70 786 02 50


Nobel Media AB is the Nobel Foundation's newly established media company, mainly entrusted with managing and developing media-related rights connected with the Nobel Prizes.


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