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 Recording Artist of the Year, International Record Critics Association; a Grammy Award for 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. Her most recent recording for Naïve, Sogno Barocco, a collection of Italian baroque arias, scenes and duets with Leonardo García-Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea is released in September 2012.
Anne Sofie von Otter earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 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 the late Carlos Kleiber (available on DVD). Other seminal opera recordings include Le nozze di Figaro under Levine, 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 her role debut in Charpentier’s Médeé for Oper Frankfurt, Countess Geschwitz (Lulu) at The Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Fabio Luisi, Clytemnestre (Iphigenie en Aulide) in Pierre Audi’s production for De Nederlandse Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski and Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra national de Paris. She appeared in Giulio Cesare at the 2012 Salzburg Festival with an all-star cast including Cecilia Bartoli and Andreas Scholl. The diversity of her ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining her international reputation as an operatic force. Amongst recently-added roles are Brangäne, Baba the Turk, Didon and Waltraute.
A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the globe. This season she performs Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, she sings orchestrated Schubert Lieder with the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, and Wesendonck Lieder with the Gothenburg Symphony under Susanna Mälkki. She also appears with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Sakari Oramo. 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.
Anne Sofie von Otter was born in Stockholm, graduated from the Stockholm College of Music and studied further at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.