With the »Nachtigall« (Nightingale) – a bronze sculpture designed by the artist Daniel Richter – the PdSK honors outstanding artists who have had a lasting influence on the musical world and have influenced it for the better – and still do.
Bloom, fullness, life, love, wit, depth, rigor, warmth, clarity, darkness, glow and shine, but also grace and eroticism, truth, openness, intelligence, unconditionality, humanity: there are many, sometimes even mutually exclusive terms with which one could describe the unmistakable voice of the century by mezzo-soprano and alto Brigitte Fassbaender – none truly fits. Fortunately for us, recordings exist, even if they do not replace the live experience. Fassbaender has recorded over 250 records, opera, and song, from Bach to Schönberg, from Gluck to Strauss (and Strauß) in the course of her stage career, which she began in the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera at twenty-one and ended surprisingly but resolutely in 1995 because »a slow fading away« was out of the question for her: »I wanted to resign in top form«. With love, wit, rigor, openness, intelligence, etc. (see above), she built up a second, unprecedentedly successful career as director and opera director, a career which is far from over: Fassbaender is currently developing Wagner’s »Ring« for the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. For the annual committee: Eleonore Büning