On 30 November at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany), Cecilia was awarded the renowned Herbert-von-Karajan-Music-Prize during a festive ceremony which followed a sparkling speech by author and journalist Dirk Schümer. The prize money will mostly be donated to the International Opera Studio in Zurich, one of the most important educational institutions for young opera singers in the world.
Cecilia has been closely affiliated with the Zurich Opera House and the alumni of its opera studio from practically the beginning of her own international career. Herbert von Karajan, on the other hand, was one of the first conductors to discover her at a very young age. And finally, in 2012, she followed in his footsteps as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, a festival Karajan founded 40 years ago.
Previous prize-winners include Daniel Barenboim, Thomas Quasthoff, John Neumeier, Alfred Brendel, Evgeny Kissin and Anne-Sophie Mutter, amongst others.
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