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Encore Series: Vocal Recital by Anne Sofie von Otter

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Due to ill health, Pekka Kuusisto will not perform in this concert.  The concert programme is revised with details as below.

She possesses one of the most flexible and natural vocal instruments of any living artist.’
Opera Now

‘Technically her singing can hardly be faulted and she brings to her performance a nice combination of interpretative insights and emotional involvement.’
Gramophone (on von Otter’s recording of Mahler and Wolf Lieder)


25 October 2011 (Tue) 8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$480, 370, 260, 150

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Mezzo-Soprano: Anne Sofie von Otter
Piano: Bengt Forsberg

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Med en vandlilje 




Lauf der Welt 


Till kvällen 


Les trois soeurs aveugles 


Var det en dröm
Romance in A, Op. 24, No. 2 (1894)(Piano Solo)


Die Forelle
Du bist die Ruh
Gretchen am Spinnrade


Es muss ein wunderbares sein


Es war ein König in Thule
Die drei Zigeuner




Es sungen drei Engel
Das irdische Leben
Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen
Three songs of Shakespeare, Op. 29
1. Come away, Death
2. O Mistress mine
3. Adieu good man devil
Glückwunsch (Dehmel), Op. 38, No. 1
One Life to live
Speak Low
I´m a Stranger here myself

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Programme Details

A Long-awaited Lieder Recital from the Lieder Singer of the Day

Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most accomplished singers both in opera house and concert hall, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter returns to Hong Kong after her highly praised début concert in 2008. The versatile singer has made a special reputation as a Lieder singer. Song repertoire she has recorded covers a wide spectrum, from Baroque to Mozart to the more standard repertoire of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Mahler, and to the less widely explored territories of Grieg, Weill, Korngold and Chaminade. Her recordings of Grieg’s songs and ‘Mots d’amour’, a collection of Chaminade mélodies won her the prestigious Gramophone Awards, which also named her as ‘Artist of the Year’ in 1996. Her coming Hong Kong recital has a very special Scandinavian flavour. Appearing with her long-time musical partner, the Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg, von Otter will perform a very specially conceived programme of works by Mahler, Liszt, Grieg, Sibelius, Schubert, Korngold and Weill.

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Details of Performers

Anne Sofie von Otter


Born in Sweden, Anne Sofie von Otter’s studies began in Stockholm and continued with Vera Rozsa at London’s Guildhall before she became a principal artist of the Basel Opera from where an international career, which has now spanned more than two decades, was launched. Equally active in opera, concert, recital and recording, and noted as one of the most versatile artists of her generation, Anne Sofie von Otter appears regularly on the world’s major stages and boasts an unrivalled personal discography.

Anne Sofie Von Otter’s diverse repertoire has played a key role in sustaining her international reputation as an operatic force: Der Rosenkavalier in London, Paris, Chicago, Munich, Stockholm as well as in Vienna and at the Met, conducted by the late Carlos Kleiber (filmed for DVD); Gluck’s Orfeo in Geneva and Alceste at Paris’ Chatelet, both conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Carmen at the Glyndebourne Festival (Philippe Jordan) and at the Santa Fe Opera (Alan Gilbert); Nerone in Monteverdi’s Poppea at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (Marc Minkowski); Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the Geneva Opera (John Nelson); Composer at the Vienna State Opera (the late Giuseppe Sinopoli); Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the historic Theater an der Wien (Nicholas Harnoncourt) and, in her long-awaited return to the Basel Opera, Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse with Christoph Marthaler.

Recently, Anne Sofie von Otter further broadened her repertoire producing two highly-acclaimed Wagnerian role debuts: firstly Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde in a semi-staged production by Peter Sellars with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen followed by Waltraute/
Götterdämmerung in a co-production by Stéphane Braunschweig at the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

A long-running relationship with James Levine at New York’s Metropolitan Opera has led to numerous performances there of Rosenkavalier, Clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo as well as stage debuts as Debussy’s Mélisande and Countess Geschwitz in Alban Berg’s Lulu. A regular performer in Paris, the Théatre des Champs Elysées and Opéra de Paris have been platforms for many further role debuts including Handel’s Ariodante (Marc Minkowski), Clairon in Strauss’ Capriccio (Ulf Schirmer), Sesto in both Clemenza di Tito and Giulio Cesare (Marc Minkowski), Handel’s Xerxes (William Christie), Ottavia/Poppea (Ren
é Jacobs) and Lully’s Thesée (Emmanuelle Haïm). 

An acclaimed recitalist, Anne Sofie von Otter performs around the globe with her accompanist, Bengt Forsberg and is renowned for her fresh and explorative programming.  An equally busy concert career takes her to the major halls of Europe and North America where she enjoys a regular partnership with many of the world's pre-eminent conductors.

Much of Anne Sofie von Otter’s operatic repertoire can be found on recording: Dorabella with Solti, Monteverdi’s Ottavia, Gluck’s Orfeo and Alceste, Mozart’s Sesto and Idamantes with Gardiner, Cherubino with Levine, Marguérite with Chung, Dido with Pinnock, Xerxes with Christie, R. Strauss’ Composer with Sinopoli, Debussy’s Mélisande, Bluebeard’s Castle and Oktavian with Haitink, Werther with Nagano and Ariodante, Hercules, Sesto/Giulio Cesare with Minkowski.

During a long period as an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon, Anne Sofie von Otter enjoyed a prolific output of recordings with orchestra, piano and chamber ensemble.  Highlights include a Grammy award-winning Schubert collection with Claudio Abbado, Weill, Mahler, Bach and Zemlinsky selections with John Eliot Gardiner, Berlioz and Brahms with James Levine, collections of Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, and Grieg together with Bengt Forsberg and a collaboration with Elvis Costello on the award-winning release ‘For the Stars’.  The recent Grammy-nominated ‘Terezin’ project, a collection of songs and musical works composed by musicians imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp at Theresienstadt, garnered unanimous world-wide critical acclaim.

Anne Sofie von Otter’s 2010/2011 season included an extensive recital tour of the USA and Europe together with Brad Mehldau, orchestral concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Israel Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Salonen, the San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas as well as tours with Concerto Copenhagen/Mortensen and Les Musiciens du Louvre/Minkowski.  A season of operatic debuts, Anne Sofie von Otter sang new productions of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Charpentier’s Médée for the Frankfurt Opera, and Handel’s Tamerlano alongside Plácido Domingo at Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu.

In 2010, Anne Sofie von Otter began an exciting new recording relationship with Naïve Paris. The first Naïve record, Love Songs, a collaboration with legendary jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, was released in October 2010.

Bengt Forsberg


Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg studied at the Gothenburg College of Music, majoring both in piano and organ.  As a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, Forsberg enjoys promoting music by lesser-known composers such as Medtner, Alkan and Franz Schmidt as well as rarely-heard music by more well-known figures such as Fauré, Sibelius and Franck. 

Together with Anne Sofie von Otter, Forsberg has recorded songs by Strauss, Korngold, Stenhammar, Schumann, Weill, Chaminade and Schubert, and an award-winning selection of Grieg songs, all on the Deutsche Grammophon label.  Forsberg has also made several acclaimed recordings for Hyperion with Swedish cellist Mats Lidström, as well as solo recordings of piano music by Schubert and Schumann, and late Romantic Swedish composers. 

Forsberg has toured both as a soloist and with chamber music, including a three-concert showcase at New York’s Alice Tully Hall for which he had the dual role of Artistic Advisor and performer and as guest artist for two consecutive years at the Perth Chamber Music Festival in Australia.  With Anne Sofie von Otter, he has appeared in recitals in Berkeley, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Perth (Scotland) and at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  His solo career has included many concerto performances and International Festival appearances, including a leading role in the recent Dutilleux Festival in Stockholm. 

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Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.

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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 3 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking.
(On the first counter booking day, each patron can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets of ‘Vocal Recital by Anne Sofie von Otter’ per transaction.) 

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). 

‘Great Music’ Special Recital Package Discount
For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko’, ‘Piano Recital by Murray Perahia’, ‘Violin Recital by Itzhak Perlman’ and ‘Vocal Recital by Anne Sofie von Otter’:
10% off for any 2 concerts;
15% off for any 3 concerts;
20% off for all 4 concerts. 

On the first counter booking day, each patron can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets of the same recital and 40 tickets in total per transaction. 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.  

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Pre-concert Talk

(Conducted in Cantonese)

The Lieder Singer of Our Time
Speaker: Chan Siu-kwan (Soprano, Music Educator)

25 October 2011 (Tue) 6:45pm

Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis 

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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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