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Anne Sofie von Otter


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Anne Sofie von Otter (born 9 May 1955) is an opera singer and concert recitalist. She is particularly known for her trouser roles.

Von Otter was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her father was the diplomat Göran von Otter and she grew up in Bonn, London and Stockholm. After studying in Stockholm and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she was engaged by the Basel Opera, where she made her operatic début in 1983 as Alcina in Haydn’s Orlando paladino. She made her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden début in 1985 and her Metropolitan Opera début in 1988 as Cherubino. In 1987, she made her La Scala debut. She has had notable success in roles of Mozart, Handel, and Monteverdi. In recitals, she excels in the music of Mahler, Brahms, Grieg, Wolf and Sibelius. In 2001 she released an album with Elvis Costello, for which she won an Edison Award. Among the conductors she has worked with repeatedly are William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner, and Myung-Whun Chung. Most of her recitals and many of her recordings have been collaborations with Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg.

She is married to Benny Fredriksson, an actor and theatre director, and has two children.

Lieder and songs

* Johannes Brahms Lieder with Bengt Forsberg (1991) Deutsche Grammophon
* Grieg Songs with Bengt Forsberg (1993) Deutsche Grammophon
* Speak Low: Songs by Kurt Weill conducted by John Eliot Gardiner (1995) Deutsche Grammophon
* Frauenliebe und –leben by Schumann with Bengt Forsberg (1996) Deutsche Grammophon
* Schubert: Lieder, with Bengt Forsberg (1997) Deutsche Grammophon


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