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Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter is considered one of the finest singers of her generation. Born in Sweden, her studies began in Stockholm and continued in London. She commenced her professional career as a principal member of the Basel Opera before launching an outstanding, international career that has now spanned more than three decades.

Anne Sofie von Otter performs at the world’s most important venues and festivals. She has appeared with many renowned conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Georg Solti, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, John Eliot Gardiner and Carlos Kleiber. Her diverse repertoire spans from the principle roles of Mozart, Handel and Strauss to those of Wagner and Bizet.

She has produced a wealth of recordings and received numerous awards. Many of her recordings are produced together with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg. She has also collaborated with legendary performers such as pop artist Elvis Costello and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.

This year she will perform Das Lied von der Erde at the Salzburg Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. On the opera stage she can be heard as Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Philippe Jordan for Opéra National de Paris, as Clytemnestre in Iphigénie en Aulide for De Nederlandse Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski, and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at the Salzburg Festival with an all-star cast including Cecilia Bartoli and Andreas Scholl.