Anne Sofie von Otter
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Anne Sofie von Otter new guest teacher at the opera education


The internationally renowned singer Anne Sofie von Otter will be Artist in residence at the Academy of Music and Drama as of the autumn term 2024. She is one of three new artists who will work with the students thanks to renewed support at SEK 1.8 million from the Stena Foundation for the university's Artist in residence programme 2024–2026.

Plans have already been made for three occasions when Anne Sofie von Otter will meet the opera students for workshops and teaching during the academic year 2024/2025.

“Anne Sofie von Otter is an internationally acclaimed star, and it means a lot to us to affiliate such a prominent singer with our opera programme. She has a unique breadth of repertoire knowledge and will be an invaluable asset to the students, and also to those of us who teach in the opera programmes. The students will receive instruction in much more than opera, von Otter is also one of the absolute foremost interpreters of romances and lieder. We are all looking forward to the collaboration with enormous joy and excitement”, says Monica Danielson, programme manager for the opera education at the Academy of Music and Drama.

Anne Sofie von Otter is one of Sweden's most prominent opera singers and has had an outstanding career. She has collaborated with legendary conductors and artists, and has portrayed many significant roles. Her catalogue includes recordings in various genres and has, among other things, resulted in three Grammy awards.

The artist in residence programme consists of collaborations between the Academy of Music and Drama and three significant artists during the period 2024–2026, of which Anne Sofie von Otter is one. In addition to the opera students, students in the university's music educations also get to meet world-leading artists in workshops, master classes, lectures and artistic projects. The names of the other two artists will be announced shortly.

“The artist in residence programme contributes excellence to the students' artistic development and the participating artists can act as role models. We are happy that the students will be inspired by a world-class opera singer and we look forward to following the project develop”, comments Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, chairman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.

The first Artist in residence programme was implemented in the years 2018–2023 with financial support from Sten A Olsson's Foundation for Research and Culture, and consisted of collaborations with the musicians Isabelle van Keulen and Ross Daly and the actor David Dencik.

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Anne Sofie von Otter is one of Sweden's most successful opera singers with an outstanding and multiple award-winning career spanning four decades. She has collaborated with legendary conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado and Giuseppe Sinopoli as well as with artists such as Elvis Costello, Brad Mehldau and Rufus Wainwright. With an ever-changing repertoire, she has excelled in roles such as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss and Leonora in the world premiere of Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel as well as performances such as Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des carmélites by Francis Poulenc) and Charlotte Andergast (Autumn Sonata by Sebastian Fagerlund ). During the autumn of 2023, Anne Sofie von Otter played the role of Gaby in the premiere of Melancholia, written by Mikael Karlsson, at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Next, she will sing with Thomas Hampson  among others in Fanny and Alexander, also written by Mikael Karlsson, at La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels. Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the most recorded artists of our time with a significant catalogue produced during her long association with Deutsche Grammophon. Some examples include the Grammy-winning Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler, Georg Friedrich Händel's Ariodante, Giulio Cesare and Hercules as well as a collaboration with pop star Elvis Costello on the album For the Stars.

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