Anne Sophie von Otter

«von Otter’s generous personality is reflected in the way she puts over every item, with care for text and a honeyed sweetness of tone.» — BBC Music Magazine

Anne Sophie von Otter is a Swedish mezzo-soprano, a legend of world opera, winner of ten of the most prestigious classical music awards, including the Grammy Award.

12 December
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She studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before she joined the opera ensemble in Theater Basel. Thereafter, she reached numerous successes on the great opera stages, including in the role of Octavian (“Der Rosenkavalier”) in London, Paris, Chicago, Munich, Stockholm, Vienna and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Gluck's “Alceste” in Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, in Bizet's “Carmen” at the Glyndebourne Festival and as Didon in Berlioz's “Les Troyens” at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. Anne Sophie von Otter has also appeared in world premieres, including Leonora in Thomas Adès' “The Exterminating Angel” at the Salzburg Festival and Covent Garden.

Her vast repertoire ranges FROM THE BAROQUE TO THE 21ST CENTURY, Anne Sophie von Otter is one of the most recorded female artists in classical music history with an incomparable discography built over more than three decades at the culmination of her profession. The singer has worked with legendary artists, from the late greats Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado and Giuseppe Sinopoli to Elvis Costello, Brad Mehldau and Rufus Wainwright. There is hardly any prestigious opera house or concert hall where the singer has not yet performed.

Anna Sophie von Otter has reached a career level where she can do whatever the heck she wants. First, she can work with anyone. She responds to this by choosing the most talented young performers from all over the world for cooperation. The singer will come to Riga with pianist Leif Kaner-Lidström and guitarist Fabian Fredriksson. Secondly, she can do whatever she wants on stage. No one will tell her not to gesticulate, walk, or even play the tambourine. However, she does all this with taste, so the result is expressive, and not excessive.

«Making music out of a single note is a tall order for most singers. From von Otter, it was never less than riveting.» — Washington Post

Concert supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Latvia.

2 hours incl. break

Program and cast

Anne Sofie von Otter – solo
Fabian Frederksson – guitar
Leif Kaner Lidstrom - piano

Traditional Gabriel´s message (arr Sting/ Bob Sadin)
Jean Sibelius: Fem julvisor op 1:1-5
Granen , pianosolo Anon. 1600-tal
Sweet was the song the Virgin sang
Henry Purcell The Cold Song ur King Arthur
Francois Couperin Les barricades mystérieuses (instrumental)
Chad Jones: A child is born
Ron Sexsmith Maybe this Christmas
Johann Sebastian Bach You only cross my mind in Winter (arr Sting/Bob Sadin)
Sarabande ur Fransk svit i G BWV 116:3

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Nr. 2 in a-Moll: Allegretto
Nr. 3 in G-Dur: Andante
Nr. 4 in e-Moll: Moderato
Nr. 5 in D-Dur: Allegro vivace
Nr. 6 in b-Moll: Allegretto
Nr. 7 in A-Dur: Andante
Nr. 8 in fis-Moll: Allegretto
Nr. 9 in E-Dur: Presto