The internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the finest singers of her generation. With a repertoire ranging from baroque music to contemporary works, she has also collaborated with the pop legend Elvis Costello and the celebrated jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Her impressive discography has earned her numerous awards, including that of Recording Artist of the Year from the International Record Critics Association, a Grammy Award for best classical vocal performance, and a Gramophone Award as well as a Diapason d’Or de l’Année as Artist of the Year. She enjoys a long-standing collaboration with the pianist Bengt Forsberg, with whom she tours extensively and has recorded numerous and varied Lieder programmes, one of the very first being a Sibelius recital on BIS.
Anne Sofie von Otter gained an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Opéra National de Paris and Vienna State Opera. She also performed the role with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera, and a recording under Carlos Kleiber is available on DVD. Other seminal opera recordings include Orphée et Eurydice under John Eliot Gardiner and Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski, with whom she has also collaborated on excerpts from the operettas of Offenbach. She continues to be sought after by the world’s leading conductors, orchestras and opera houses, performing in the USA, Canada, Europe, China and Japan, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Anne Sofie von Otter was born in Sweden, and graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, continuing her studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She appears on this disc by kind permission of Naïve, Paris.