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Anne Sofie von Otter

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Anne Sofie von Otter in action.
Anne Sofie von Otter as Leocadia Begbick in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny © ROH 2015. Photograph by Clive Barda

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter made her Royal Opera debut in 1985 as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since sung Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Leocadia Begbick (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) for The Royal Opera. In the 2016/17 Season she returns to sing Leonora (The Exterminating Angel).

Von Otter studied singing in her native Stockholm and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Vera Rósza. She has performed for the world’s leading opera companies, including the Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, and at the Salzburg Festival. Her repertory has included such diverse roles as Ottavia and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Ariodante, Ruggero (Alcina), Serse, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Clytemnestre (Iphigénie en Aulide), Carmen, Didon (Les Troyens), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Clairon (Capriccio), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Concepcion (L’Heure espagnole), Countess Geschwitz (Lulu), Judit (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress).

Von Otter has sung worldwide in concert with leading orchestras and conductors. Performances have included Das Lied von der Erde with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death in 2011. She sings regularly in recital with her long-term accompanist Bengt Forsberg. She has made more than a hundred recordings of oratorio, opera, Lieder and a wide range of song repertory, including popular song.

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News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

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