(Stockholm) The Polar Music Prize was jointly awarded Tuesday to Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and American composer Diane Warren, who has scored countless successes for Celine Dion and Whitney Houston in particular.
The winners will each receive one million crowns ($ 195,000) at a television gala in Stockholm on June 9 in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Nicknamed "the new Callas," 48-year-old Anna Netrebko is known both for her voice amplitude and for her sense of interpretation, evolving from bel canto to more dramatic roles like Puccini's Tosca.
“As soon as I'm on stage, something happens and the quality of the performance is ten times better, as if a voice was telling me what to do. It has always been like that for me, ”reacted the singer, quoted in the press release of the Polar Prize.
Eleven-time Oscar nominee, Diane Warren, 63, has written for a host of artists, including Justin Bieber, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, but also Céline Dion (Because you Loved Me, soundtrack of the film Personal and confidential) and Aerosmith (I don’t want to miss a thing, soundtrack of the film Armageddon).
"I don't trust myself as a human, but I have an unshakable confidence in my music. When I know something sounds, that a song is made for someone, I trust, and that confidence, nothing can shake it, "commented Diane Warren in the release.
The Polar Music Prize aims to "break down musical boundaries by bringing together people from different worlds of music". He has already rewarded Sting and Wayne Shorter as well as Bob Dylan and Isaac Stern, Renée Fleming and Pink Floyd or Pierre Boulez and Joni Mitchell.