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Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back "long-lost music" to listeners has won the 2016 Polar Music Prize along with Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin. They will be invited to accept the award, which includes 1 million kronor ($120,000) each in prize money, at a ceremony in Stockholm in June. Bartoli, a mezzo-soprano from Rome with a vocal range of three octaves who has sung in the world's leading opera houses was cited for "a unique ability to live a role with fullness of expression" and developing singing as an art form.

The Polar Music Prize is Sweden's biggest music award and is typically shared by a pop artist and a classical musician. It was founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA. Last year's award went to singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.  READ THE FULL AP - New York Times ARTICLE