Anne Sofie von Otter

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Anne Sofie von Otter (born May 9, 1955 in Stockholm ) is a Swedish opera singer ( mezzo-soprano ).


Anne Sofie von Otter was born on May 9, 1955 in Stockholm as the daughter of the diplomat Baron Göran von Otter . She grew up in Stockholm, Bonn and London . After studying in Stockholm and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she was a member of the Basel Opera ensemble from 1983 to 1985 . In 1985 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House , Covent Garden . Since then she has also been working with the Deutsche Grammophon label . In 1988 she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York . At the Vienna State Opera she sang Idamante in Idomeneo (1994), Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier (1994–1999), composer in Ariadne auf Naxos (1999) and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung (2015). She appears regularly in major concert halls in Europe and North America under great conductors.

In 2004 von Otter sang in Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz and Clairon in Capriccio by Richard Strauss at the Paris Opéra Bastille . In 2005 she performed at the BBC Proms with Gustavo Dudamel and the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere of Sven-David Sandström's St. John Passion , in which she sang the Evangelist, took place in Stockholm in 2006. In 2007 she made her role debut as Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2008 she sang in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Theater an der Wien . In May 2014 she made her role debut as muse in Jacques Offenbach's opera Hoffmanns Erzählungen at the Teatro Real Madrid .

Since 1980 she has been working with the pianist Bengt Forsberg , who has been her constant companion in song interpretations ever since. Anne Sofie von Otter was married to the theater director Benny Fredriksson , the former director of the Stockholm City Theater, until his death in March 2018 and has two sons. She lives in Sweden with her family.


The repertoire of her sound recordings is extensive. Starting with baroque works through to music of the 20th century, through folk songs and pop music , she has now released around 60 CDs on her label Deutsche Grammophon alone , which have won numerous awards. With Elvis Costello she recorded the CD For The Stars with well-known pop titles. In 2006 I Let The Music Speak was released with songs by ABBA , on which Benny Andersson (former member of the Swedish pop band) recorded the piano part.

In 2007 Anne Sofie von Otter released an album with songs that authors and composers created in the Theresienstadt concentration camp . "The album," said Norman Lebrecht in the Frankfurter Rundschau , "is the reparation of a daughter who dedicates the unsung songs of the unknown victims" to two men who tried to save victims and failed: Anne Sofie's father and Kurt Gerstein . “The songs and von Otter's lecture are simple, direct and immediately moving. Nothing about this album sounds like a performance, rather a fundamental truth is conveyed, the singing of an angel. "



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1993 Singer - - SE46 (1 week)
1994 Speak low - - SE25 (4 weeks)
1999 Home for Christmas - - SE16 (7 weeks)
Deutsche Grammophon
2001 For the stars DE59 (5 weeks)
UK67 (2 weeks)
SE25 (5 weeks)
2006 I Let The Music Speak - - SE13 (12 weeks)
Noël - - SE59 (1 week)
2007 Terezín / Theresienstadt - - SE56 (1 week)
Bengt Forsberg, Pavel Haas , Hans Krása , Viktor Ullmann , Emmerich Kálmán , Erwin Schulhoff , Ilse Weber, Adolf Strauss, Martin Roman, Carlo S. Taube, Karel Svenk
Deutsche Grammophon
2008 Vivaldi DE100 (1 week)
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with Daniel Hope & Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
2010 Ombre de mon amant - - SE32 (2 weeks)
2011 Love songs - - SE34 (1 week)
2014 Douce France - - SE58 (1 week)

More albums

  • 1981: Gian Giacomo Carissimi - Jefta, - Monteverdi, Rameau, Mendelsohn, Ives (Propius, record prop)
  • 2005: Benedetto Ferrari, John Dowland , etc. - Music for a While (German Grammophon)
  • 2007: Edvard Grieg , Hans Christian Andersen, Henrik Ibsen, Vilhelm Krag, Aasmund Olafsson Vinje - Grieg: Songs (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • 10 classic albums. Special edition of Deutsche Grammophon for the 60th birthday.

Web links

Commons : Anne Sofie von Otter  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Anne Sofie von Otter's appearances at the Vienna State Opera
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  3. ^ A b Norman Lebrecht: A Daughter's Gift ( Memento from December 1, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), Frankfurter Rundschau , November 27, 2007
  4. Chart sources: DE UK SE