Anne Sofie von Otter
About Anne Sofie von Otter
Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is known for her versatility in operatic roles, her interesting recital choices, and her willingness to take vocal risks.
She debuted at the Basle Opera as Alcina in Haydn's Orlando Paladino. A tall, statuesque woman, she took several male roles written for mezzo-sopranos in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Gluck's Orfée et Eurydice, and Strauss' Rosenkavalier.
She has joined conductor John Eliot Gardiner in recordings of Beethoven, Mozart, Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, and Kurt Weill. Another major artistic partner is the pianist Bengt Forsberg, a leading scholar of song literature. With him, she has made well-received recordings of songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Zemlinsky, Korngold, and Mahler as well as the late-Romantic Nordic composers Grieg, Alfvén, Rangström, Stenhammar, and Sibelius. Other recordings include Terezin/Theresienstadt, music from the concentration camp; Love Songs by Brad Mehldau; and 2013's Douce France. ~ Rovi Staff
BORNMay 9, 1955