Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today’s most recorded artists with an unrivalled discography built across a career spanning more than three decades at the very top of her profession in opera, concert and recital. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings with her double CD Douce France, on Naïve Classique, taking the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

An ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining Anne Sofie von Otter’s international profile with recent new roles including Leocadia Begbick (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Countess Geschwitz in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg, Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites) at Royal Swedish Opera, Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) for Opéra national de Paris, and The Old Lady (Candide) at Komische Oper Berlin in Barrie Kosky’s new production. She created the role of Leonore in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel, presented at Salzburger Festspiele and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and received unanimous acclaim for her portrayal as Charlotte Andergast in Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten at Finnish National Opera.

A busy concert schedule continues to take Anne Sofie von Otter around the world and she was part of two recent special events commemorating both the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death: Das Lied von der Erde with Jonas Kaufmann, the Berliner Philharmoniker and conducted by the late Claudio Abbado, and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’ birth: specially-commissioned new arrangements by Aulis Sallinen of his songs with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, and both streamed worldwide.

Von Otter’s 19/20 operatic season includes her first Countess in Pique Dame for La Monnaie, conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann and in a new production by David Marton, alongside revivals of both Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg and Höstsonaten at Finnish National Opera. Alongside the premiere of her latest special project “Ich wollt ich wär ein Huhn”, devised together with Barrie Kosky for Komische Oper Berlin and featuring music from the Weimar Cabaret era, she joins the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding in Mahler’s Symphony No.3, the Helsinki Philharmonic/Susanna Mälkki in Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder and the New European Ensemble/Christian Karlsen at the Concertgebouw for Saariaho’s Passion de Simone.



16-17 February 2021


Orchestral Song Cycles, Mahler, Berlioz, Ravel, Zemlinsky, Wagner