Elegant Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is universally recognized for her versatility, zest for unconventional partnerships, and superlative skill at conveying a work’s textual meaning through her insightful musical interpretation. South African-born Australian pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, one of today’s most exciting keyboard artists, collaborates with von Otter on a program featuring selections by Franz Schubert and Fanny Mendelssohn alongside a collection of Swedish songs.
Von Otter, an audience favorite for major roles in the world’s largest opera houses throughout her storied career, truly shines in the intimate setting of a song recital. In this performance, Bezuidenhout and von Otter create an atmosphere where subtlety, detail, and delicacy showcase the interplay of text, music, meaning, and drama in a compelling and unforgettable recital.
“And always the immaculate quality of her diction, the directness and naturalness with which she projected words and poetry, kept her audience raptly focused on what mattered most: the songs themselves.”John von Rhein Chicago Tribune
“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