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German Composer Heiner Goebbels Wins Ibsen Prize

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OSLO, Norway -- German composer and music director Heiner Goebbels has won the International Ibsen Award for creating new insights in theater that have influenced producers and musicians.

The awarding jury describes the 59-year-old as "one of the great creative personalities of today," who has produced "an astounding body of work in disparate disciplines."

Goebbels will be presented the 2.5 million-kroner ($450,000) prize in Oslo in September as part of the Ibsen Festival at the National Theater.

The prize is awarded every two years to people, institutions or organizations for bringing "new artistic dimensions to the world of drama or theater." It is named after Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who lived from 1828-1906.