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Anna Larsson

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Anna Larsson (b. 1966) started her musical education at the age of ten at Adolf Fredriks Musikskola in Stockholm. She then developed her skills in performing art at Operastudio-67 for three years before entering the Royal Opera College in Stockholm.

She made her international debut in 1997 in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philhamonic Orchestra, and her opera debut as Erda in Wagner’s ”Das Rheingold” conducted by Daniel Barenboim at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin.
Anna Larsson has, among other roles, achieved international recognition and status as the world’s foremost exponent of Erda in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, with perfomances at operahouses in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Stockholm. A hugely versatile singer, her current opera roles include Waltraute, Erda and Klytämnestra at the Vienna State Opera, Gaea in Daphne in Toulouse, Kundry in Bologna, Herodias in Stockholm and Waldtaube in Gurre-Lieder at the Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam.
She has successfully created the roles of Kundry, Waltraute, Orphée, Zia Principessa, Fricka and Dalilah at theaters including La Monnaie in Brusseles, Bayerisches Staatsoper München, Festspiele Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence, Royal Opera London, Finnish National Opera and Royal Opera Stockholm, with distinguished conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Gustavo Dudamel, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano. Anna Larsson sings almost the entire concert repertoire for contralto and orchestra, with the most illustrious conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Antonio Pappano, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Handel’s Messiah through Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Gustav Mahler’s all songcycles and Verdi’s Requiem, to contemporary music.