Anna Larsson, contralto

Swedish Court Singer Anna Larsson made her international debut in 1996 singing Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado. She has sung with the Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Adam Fischer, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano and Herbert Blomstedt. She is renowned for her interpretation of Mahler and regularly sings his 2nd and 3rd symphonies and song cycles. Other concert repertoire includes Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Bach Oratorios, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, Schönberg Gurrelieder and much contemporary repertoire. She has been a frequent guest at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival and Verbier Festival, and created the Dalecarlia festival in Sweden.
On the operatic stage she has sung Erda in Rheingold and Siegfried, Waltraute in Götterdämmerung and Klytaimnästra in Elektra at the Wiener Staatsoper, the latter also at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2022, Erda in Rheingold and Siegfried, Genevieve in Pelleas and Kundry in Parsifal at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. Elsewhere she has sung Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Royal Opera Stockholm, and at Malmö Opera and Oslo Opera this season, and Genevieve/Pelleas et Melisande at the Salzburg Festival and Opera National de Paris.
At Teatro alla Scala Milan Anna sang Erda /Rheingold and Siegfried and Mahler’s second Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel. She also sang Mistress Quickly in Frankfurt, Gluck Orfeus at the Royal Opera Copenhagen and Dalila/Samson and Dalila at the Royal Opera Stockholm. She is widely represented in recordings both in opera and concert. A committed teacher and mentor, Anna regularly gives masterclasses, especially in universities throughout Sweden and internationally. She is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and was made a Swedish Court Singer and awarded two gold medals from the King of Sweden for her contributions as an artist and to Swedish culture through the Dalecarlia Festival.
“Anna Larsson’s Erda responded to the Wanderer’s every word in subtle gestures and movement, her smooth voice full of sorrow and mystery, to create an image of a very human-earth goddess.” Ako Imamura for Bachtrack in September 2019, Siegfried Berliner Staatsoper, Daniel Barenboim.
“For a contralto of Anna Larsson’s caliber to appear in a one-scene role like Waltraute is a case of luxury casting if ever there was one.” David Karlin, 17 June 2019 for Bachtrack, Götterdämmerung, Müpa, Adam Fischer.
Anna has recorded numerous CDs with both operas and Concert repertoire. Most of them you can find on Spotify or Youtube.


9 & 10 October 2024


Wagner & Mahler