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Faroese bass opera singer nominated for the 2019 Nordic Council Music Prize

Faroese bass opera singer Rúni Brattaberg has been nominated for the 2019 Nordic Council Music Prize.

According to, thirteen artists who have created unique pieces of music have been nominated for this particular prize.

Mr. Brattaberg (53) was born and raised in the town of Vágur and works in operas around the world. He has been building his repertoire with Wagner (Gurnemanz, Hagen, Hunding, Fafner, Pogner, Heinrich) and other leading bass roles such as Osmin/The Abduction from the Seraglio, Timur/Turandot, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Sarastro/The Magic Flute, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, the Doctor/Wozzeck, Rocco/Fidelio, and Basilio/The Barber of Seville in the ensembles of the Mainz, Ulm, Detmold, Bern, and Mannheim opera companies.

In January 2017, Mr. Brattaberg received the Faroese Cultural Prize.

The Nordic Council Music Prize was first awarded in 1965 and recognises the creation and performance of music of a high artistic standard.

The aforementioned nominees were announced by the Finnish conductor and former winner of the prize, Susanna Mälkki at a sold-out launch event at the Helsinki Music Centre.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony for all the Nordic Council prizes in Stockholm this autumn, on 29 October. The artists have been nominated by the members of the national adjudication committees for the music prize.

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