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ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER

Since her father was a member of the Swedish diplomatic corps, Anne Sofie von Otter’s childhood was spent in Bonn and London as well as Stockholm. She studied singing at both the Stockholm Conservatory and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, following this with further work on lieder with Erik Werba in Vienna and Geoffrey Parsons in London. She also studied with Vera Rosza in London from 1981. Her early appearances were with the Drottningholm Ensemble and she was a competition prizewinner in 1981 and 1982.

From 1983 to 1985 Otter sang with the Basle Opera, where her parts included Alcina / Orlando Paladino (Haydn), Cherubino / Le nozze di Figaro, Sesto / La clemenza di Tito, Hänsel / Hänsel und Gretel and Orfeo / Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). During 1984 she also appeared with the Marseilles Opera (as Cherubino) and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (as Don Ramiro / La finta giardiniera).

It was during 1985 that Otter’s international career started to take off, with successful appearances as Dorabella / Così fan tutte at Geneva and as Cherubino at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and the Royal Opera House, London. Later years of that decade saw her debuts at La Scala, Milan as Ismene in Alceste (Gluck) and at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich as Cherubino (both 1987); at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Cherubino (1988) and at the Salzburg Festival, in a concert performance of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (1989).

Now widely in demand internationally, Otter sang the title role in Rossini’s Tancredi at Geneva and Cherubino at the Paris Opera in 1990. At the Royal Opera in Stockholm she participated in the premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s opera Staden in 1998, later singing the Evangelist in the first performance of the same composer’s Ordet – en passion in 2006. She returned to Covent Garden with Sesto (1989), Romeo / I Capuleti e i Montecchi (1992) and Octavian / Der Rosenkavalier (1995); to the Met with Octavian (1990, 1995), Idamante / Idomeneo (1991, 1995), Sesto (1997, 2005), Mélisande / Pelléas et Mélisande (2005) and the Countess Geschwitz / Lulu (2010); and to Salzburg with Don Ramiro (1992) and to sing in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (2012).

Later roles have also included the name-part in Carmen (Glyndebourne, 2002), Clairon / Capriccio (Paris, 2004), the Composer / Ariadne auf Naxos (Vienna), Nerone (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Ottavia / L’incoronazione di Poppea (Paris) and numerous appearances in operas by Handel, including Alcina, Ariodante and Xerxes.

Tall, slim and fine-featured, Otter has been frequently cast in operatic trouser roles; but her scope extends well beyond these. An extremely active concert singer, she programmes widely, ranging from the core repertoire through to late-Romantic and contemporary Nordic composers, as well as including the music of Kurt Weill and songs from the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She is particularly noted for her exceptionally fine interpretation of the vocal music of Mahler and has recorded extensively.

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Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ABBADO, Claudio: New Year's Eve Concerts 1996, 1997, 1998 (3 Blu-Ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD) EuroArts
2013504
Classical Concert
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100027
Classical Concert
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100026
Classical Concert
BERLIOZ: La Damnation de Faust (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102023
Classical Concert
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Glyndebourne, 2002) (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7015D
Opera DVD
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Glyndebourne, 2002) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0868D
Opera DVD
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Glyndebourne, 2002) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAMO6011D
Opera DVD
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Glyndebourne, 2002) (PAL) Opus Arte
OA0867D
Opera DVD
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE (THE) - Opera and Ballet Highlights (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7000D
Opera DVD
COMEDY AND TRAGEDY - Classic Opera Productions from the Glyndebourne Festival (2002-2009) (NTSC) (6 DVD Box Set) Opus Arte
OA1059BD
Opera DVD
ESSENTIAL OPERA COLLECTION (19 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAMO6000D
Opera DVD
FLEMING, Renee: Live at the Opera National de Paris - MASSENET, J.: Manon / DVORAK, A.: Rusalka / STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (6-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107529
Opera DVD
GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7138D
Opera DVD
GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1127D
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7115D
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1099D
Opera DVD
GLUCK: Alceste (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100160
Opera DVD
HANDEL: Dixit Dominus / Concerto Grosso in G Minor BIS
BIS-CD-322
Choral - Sacred
HANDEL: Gloria / Dixit Dominus BIS
BIS-CD-1235
Choral - Sacred
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 2: Rhythm (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102035
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 4: 3 Journeys Through Dark Landscapes (NTSC Arthaus Musik
102039
Classical Documentary
MAHLER, G.: Gustav Mahler Celebration (The) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058148
Classical Concert
OFFENBACH: Hommage a Offenbach (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BOXMINKOFF
Classical Concert
OFFENBACH: Offenbach Gala (Chatelet, 2001) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPJOFM
Classical Concert
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SIBELIUS (The Essential) BIS
BIS-CD-1697-1700
Vocal
SIBELIUS, J.: Sibelius Edition, Vol. 7 - Songs BIS
BIS-CD-1918-20
Vocal
SIBELIUS: Songs, Op. 13, 50, 90, and others BIS
BIS-CD-757
Vocal
SIBELIUS: Songs, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-457
Vocal
STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Paris National Opera, 2004) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107327
Opera DVD
STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Paris National Opera, 2004) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPCAPR
Opera DVD
STRAUSS, R.: Richard Strauss Collection (The) (11 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107539
Opera DVD
Vocal Recital: Otter, Anne Sofie von - LINDBLAD, A.F. / GEIJER, E.G. / BERWALD, F. / SODERMAN, A. (A Summer's Day - Swedish Romantic Songs) BIS
BIS-SACD-1867
Vocal
VOICES OF OUR TIME: Anne Sofie von Otter TDKDVD
DV-VTASO-EUR
Classical Concert
VOICES OF OUR TIME: Anne Sofie von Otter TDKDVD
DVUS-VTASO
Classical Concert





 
 
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