Performance Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 7:30 PM

The Song Continues: Anne Sofie von Otter Master Class

Zankel Hall
Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, a superb song interpreter, is one of the great singers of our time. She shares her insight and experience when she mentors a group of young singers in a public master class as part of The Song Continues.


  • Michelle Bradley, Soprano
  • Hyesang Park, Soprano
  • Martha Jones, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Christopher Yoon, Tenor
  • Robert Bosworth, Piano
  • Dimitri Dover, Piano
  • Juliana Han, Piano
  • Kirill Kuzmin, Piano


  • PURCELL "Music for a while"
  • SCHUMANN "Die Kartenlegerin," Op. 31, No. 2
  • SCHUBERT "Erlkönig," D. 328
  • DUPARC "La vie antérieure"

Anne Sofie von Otter

Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today’s most recorded artists, with an expansive discography built across a career spanning more than three decades at the very top of the profession. A long and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings, including a collaboration with pop legend Elvis Costello on For the Stars. Her first recording for Naïve Records, Love Songs, with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, was released in 2010 and was followed by the Grammy-nominated Sogno Barocco with Leonardo García-Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea, as well as Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. This season, she tours across Europe with her latest release, Douce France. 

Considered the superlative Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) of her generation, Ms. von Otter has appeared in the role at the Bavarian State Opera, Opéra national de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has recorded the role on DVD with the Vienna State Opera on tour in Japan under the late Carlos Kleiber and on CD with Bernard Haitink and Staatskapelle Dresden. Other recorded highlights from her earlier operatic career include Le nozze di Figaro under James Levine; Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, and Orfeo ed Euridice under Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski; and Ariadne auf Naxos under the late Giuseppe Sinopoli.

An ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining von Otter’s international reputation on the opera stage. Recent roles have included Clytemnestre (Iphigénie en Aulide) in Pierre Audi’s production for Dutch National Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski, Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra national de Paris, Countess Geschwitz (Lulu) at the Met conducted by Fabio Luisi, Niklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann) in Christoph Marthaler’s production at Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) at Theater an der Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Ms. von Otter’s 2014–2015 season includes a new production of Strauss’s Capriccio at Lyric Opera of Chicago under Sir Andrew Davis, Leocadia Begbick ( Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny ) at the Royal Opera House under Mark Wigglesworth, and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) at the Vienna State Opera under Sir Simon Rattle. On the concert stage, she performs orchestrated Schubert songs with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo, and the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert.


The Song Continues is supported, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund.
Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.