Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosoprano

Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosoprano Ann Sofie von Otter - mezzosopran

Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has long been considered one of the finest singers of her generation. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of recordings and numerous awards including an International Record Critics’ Award (recording artist of the year), a Grammy Award (best classical vocal performance) for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and a Diapason d’Or for a recording of Swedish songs with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg. She collaborated with pop legend Elvis Costello on the disc, For the Stars and in October 2010 released her first recording with the Naïve label, Love Songs, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.

Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosoprano

Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has long been considered one of the finest singers of her generation. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of recordings and numerous awards including an International Record Critics’ Award (recording artist of the year), a Grammy Award (best classical vocal performance) for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and a Diapason d’Or for a recording of Swedish songs with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg.

She collaborated with pop legend Elvis Costello on the disc, For the Stars and in October 2010 released her first recording with the Naïve label, Love Songs, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. This was followed by her 2012 disc, Sogno Barocco – a collection of Italian baroque arias, scenes and duets with Leonardo García-Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea – which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her fourth recording for Naïve, Douce France, is a double CD of mélodies and chansons (released in October 2013).

Anne Sofie von Otter earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, and the Wiener Staatsoper. She also performed the role as part of a series of engagements with James Levine and The Metropolitan Opera, and in Japan under Carlos Kleiber (available on DVD).

Other seminal opera recordings include Le nozze di Figaro under Levine, Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito and Orfeo ed Euridice under John Eliot Gardiner, Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski and Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Recent opera highlights have included Clytemnestre (Iphigenie en Aulide) in Pierre Audi’s production for De Nederlandse Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski (available on DVD), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra national de Paris (available on DVD), Countess Geschwitz (Lulu) at The Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Fabio Luisi and her role debut in Charpentier’s Médeé for Oper Frankfurt. She appeared in Giulio Cesare at the 2012 Salzburg Festival with an all-star cast including Cecilia Bartoli and Andreas Scholl.

In the 2013/14 season she appears in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Les contes d’Hoffmann at Madrid’s Teatro Real, in Götterdämmerung at Deutsche Oper Berlin under Sir Simon Rattle and in The Rake’s Progress at Theater an der Wien under Michael Boder. The diversity of this ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining her international reputation as an operatic force.

A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the globe. Recent highlights include appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under David Robertson, the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.

She performed Wesendonck Lieder with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Marc Minkowski and with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt under Paavo Järvi as part of the Wagner bicentenary. In 2011 she appeared with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado for a televised performance of Das Lied von der Erde on the one hundredth anniversary of Mahler’s death.

Metropolitan Opera 1988 – 2010

[Met Performance] CID:294810
Le Nozze di Figaro {308}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1988
Debut: Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Elder
[Met Performance] CID:294850
Le Nozze di Figaro {309}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294910
Le Nozze di Figaro {310}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294930
Le Nozze di Figaro {311}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1988
Review
[Met Performance] CID:294970
Le Nozze di Figaro {312}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1988
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:302020
Der Rosenkavalier {319}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/25/1990
Debuts: Felicity Lott, Juliana Gondek, Joel Evans, Deborah Saverance
[Met Performance] CID:302070
Der Rosenkavalier {320}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/29/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302110
Der Rosenkavalier {321}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/4/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302160
Der Rosenkavalier {322}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/9/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302200
Der Rosenkavalier {323}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302240
Der Rosenkavalier {324}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302280
Der Rosenkavalier {325}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/1990
[Met Performance] CID:306050
Idomeneo {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/1991
Debuts: Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Theresa Cincione, Jane Shaulis, Kevin Short
[Met Performance] CID:306090
Idomeneo {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/2/1991
[Met Performance] CID:306130
Idomeneo {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/5/1991
[Met Performance] CID:306150
Idomeneo {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/8/1991
Review
[Met Performance] CID:319550
Der Rosenkavalier {341}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/1/1995
Review
[Met Performance] CID:319580 Opera News
Der Rosenkavalier {342}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1995
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:319610
Der Rosenkavalier {343}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1995
Debut: Savitar Sundaresen
[Met Performance] CID:319640
Der Rosenkavalier {344}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1995
[Met Performance] CID:319700
Idomeneo {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1995
Debut: Norah Amsellem
[Met Performance] CID:319740
Idomeneo {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/1995
[Met Performance] CID:319760
Idomeneo {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1995
[Met Performance] CID:319800  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Idomeneo {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/1995
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:326430 
The MET Orchestra La Damnation de Faust {10}
New York, Manhattan, Carnegie Hall; 11/10/1996
Chapter: La Damnation de Faust
[Met Performance] CID:330198
La Clemenza di Tito {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1997
Debuts: Angelika Kirchschlager, Hillary Brook
[Met Performance] CID:330207
La Clemenza di Tito {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/1997
Debut: Brenda Harris
[Met Performance] CID:330216
La Clemenza di Tito {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1997
Review
[Met Performance] CID:330225 Opera News
La Clemenza di Tito {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1997
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350332
The MET Orchestra Bluebeard’s Castle {23}
Newark, New Jersey; 05/19/2000
[Met Performance] CID:350334
The MET Orchestra Bluebeard’s Castle {24}
Carnegie Hall, New York; 05/21/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333297
The Merry Widow {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/2000
[Met Performance] CID:350107
Idomeneo {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/23/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350108 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Idomeneo {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/2002
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350109
Idomeneo {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/2002
[Met Performance] CID:351141 
Pelléas et Mélisande {106}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351144
Pelléas et Mélisande {107}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351149
Pelléas et Mélisande {108}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/05/2005
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351152
Pelléas et Mélisande {109}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/08/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351250 
La Clemenza di Tito {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/29/2005
Debuts: Sarah Connolly, Luca Pisaroni
[Met Performance] CID:351251
La Clemenza di Tito {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/02/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351256  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
La Clemenza di Tito {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2005
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351260
La Clemenza di Tito {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/11/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351263
La Clemenza di Tito {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/14/2005
[Met Performance] CID:353539 
Lulu {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/08/2010
Debut: Joshua Benaim, Angela Mannino, Tom Mulvaney, Frank Colardo
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353547
Lulu {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/12/2010
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353551
Lulu {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/15/2010

In Swedish

Anne Sofie von Otter fick sin utbildning på Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och hos Erik Werba och Geoffrey Parsons. Hon inledde sin operakarriär 1982 med engagemang på Stadttheater i Basel där hon bl.a. sjöng Orfeus i Glucks Orfeus och Eurydike, Sesto i Mozarts Titus och Alcina I Haydns Orlando Paladino. 1984 sjöng hon don Ramiro i Mozarts La finta giardiniera vid festspelen i Aix-en-Provence och har också haft stora framgångar som Dorabella i Così fan tutte och Cherubini i Figaros bröllop på Deutsche Oper berlin och Covent Garden, där hon debuterade 1985. 1987 sjöng hon på La Scala och 1988 på Metropolitan, 1989 i Salzburg. På Operan i Stockholm framträdde hon som Octavian i Rosenkavaljeren 1988. LMA 1993.

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