In December 2010 ANNA LARSSON (Mulier Samaritana) was appointed Court singer by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She was educated at the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where she graduated 1996. Her international debut was made in Mahler's Second Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Claudio Abbado in 1997 and her opera debut as Erda in Wagner's Das Rheingold at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Anna Larsson has, among other roles, achieved international recognition and status as the world's foremost exponent of Erda, with her rich, mellifluous, “dark velvet” voice, in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, with performances at opera houses in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Milan, and Stockholm. She has successfully created the roles of Kundry, Waltraute, Orphée, Fricka, and Dalilah at theaters including Bayerisches Staatsoper München, Festspiele Salzburg, and Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Maggio Musicale Firenze, Palau des Arts Valencia, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Finnish National Opera, and Royal Opera Stockholm, with many distinguished conductors – Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Frans Welser-Möst, Simon Rattle, Christoph von Dohnányi, Leif Segerstam, and Kent Nagano.
In concert, Larsson is rightly considered internationally as one of the premiere and most consummate interpreters of Gustav Mahler's works. She regularly sings with all the great orchestras; Berliner Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
She sings almost the entire concert repertoire for contralto and orchestra, with the most illustrious conductors including Abbado, Mehta, Salonen, Rattle, Pappano, Dudamel, Osawa, Masur, Maazel, Gilbert, and Harnoncourt. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Handel’s Messiah through Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Gustav Mahler’s song cycles and Verdi’s Requiem, to contemporary music.
Anna Larsson has a special interest in lieder singing, and she tours regularly with international accompanists, singing her vast repertoire of German, English, and Scandinavian songs. In recent years she has sung recitals in Wigmore Hall, London; Brahms Saal in the Musikverein in Vienna; and throughout the most important festivals and concert halls in Sweden.
Larsson was nominated for a 2005 Grammy for the recording of Strauss’ Daphne, with Westdeutsche Rundfunks Symphonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov.
Her recent engagements include Das Lied von der Erde with Antonio Pappano in Rome, Orphée in Gluck’s Orphée at the Stockholm Royal Opera, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with Vladimir Jurowski at Royal Festival Hall, and Erda in Das Rheingold at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Anna Larsson started the season 2010/2011 with Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Edinburgh International Festival and Lucerne Festival, Berlioz’ Les nuit d’été with HR Sinfonie Orchester and Antonello Manacorda in Frankfurt, and Erda in Das Rheingold at Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin. In January 2011 she made her debut as Kundry in Parsifal at La Monnaie in Brussels to great acclaim.
Recent and future engagements include Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried at Wiener Staatsoper, Das Lied von der Erde with Fabio Luisi and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and Leipzig, and the Princess in Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera in London.
In July 2011 Anna Larsson presents the first season in her own concert house, Vattnäs Concert Barn, in the village Vattnäs near Mora in Dalecarlia.