Mezzo-soprano & Contralto

Anna Larsson


Globally renowned for her interpretation of Mahler, Swedish mezzo soprano, Anna Larsson, has worked with the greatest Mahler conductors of our time including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur.  On the operatic stage, she is a distinguished Wagnerian and her roles include Erda, Waltraute, Kundry and Brangäne, for which she is regularly in demand. She built and inaugurated the Vattnäs Concert Barn in Sweden which has been the stage for many community projects including a world premiere.  She is an intellectual and vocal commentator and ambassador for the future of opera and classical music.  In 2014 she was awarded the Royal Medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ from the King of Sweden.


Performance Schedule

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    19:00 30 Oct 2019 Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, MOSCOW

    RICHARD WAGNER Das Rheingold

    Conductor: Vladimir Jurowksi
    Soprano: Lyubov Petrova
    Soprano: Nadezhda Gulitskaya
    Mezzo Soprano: Alexandra Kadurina
    Mezzo Soprano: Alexandra Durseneva
    Mezzo Soprano: Anna Larsson
    Tenor: Boris Rudak
    Tenor: Vsevolod Grivnov
    Tenor: Leonid Bomshtein
    Baritone: Sergei Leiferkus
    Baritone: Boris Statsenko
    Baritone: Johann Reiter
    Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
    Bass: Alexey Tikhomirov
    Ensemble: The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia
    Soprano: Ksenia Antonova

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    18:30 22 Nov 2019 Michael Fowler Centre, WELLINGTON

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’

    Conductor: Edo de Waart
    Soprano: Lauren Snouffer
    Mezzo Soprano: Anna Larsson
    Chorus: Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
    Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 23 Nov 2019 Auckland Town Hall, AUCKLAND

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’

    Conductor: Edo de Waart
    Soprano: Lauren Snouffer
    Mezzo Soprano: Anna Larsson
    Chorus: Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
    Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra


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    10 Jun 16 Wagner The Ring - Siegfried
    Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin

    “Anna Larsson was again an exceptional Erda, with her rich dark voice opening up thrillingly for high notes.”
    ★★★★★ Ako Imamura, Bachtrack, 16 June 2016

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    05 Jun 16 Mahler Symphony No. 2
    Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra

    “‘Urlicht’ entered with a delicate timbre so beautifully conjured by Anna Larsson; heart-stopping.”
    Edward Clark, Classical Source, 5 June 2016

    “Larsson’s obvious experience and connection to the text resulted in a strikingly intimate, almost conversational experience.”
    Kevin W Ng, Bach Track, 6 June 2016

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    29 Mar 15 Strauss Elektra
    Vienna State Opera

    “The second role debut was Anna Larsson as Klytamnestra – another outstanding debut.  Her striking height and dramatic timbre were convincing from the outset.”
    Sebastian Kranner, Der Neue Merker 31 March 2015

    “Anna Larsson as Klytamnestra was an unusually elegant and statuesque character and sang with beauty and lyricism.  This Klytamnestra was a physically frail and sorrowful figure…”
    ★★★★ Ako Imamura, Bachtrack, 2 April 2015

    “Swedish mezzo soprano Anna Larsson was an outstanding Klytamnestra…”
    José M Iruzun, Seen and Heard, 7 April 2015

    “Anna Larsson’s amazing Klytamnestra, a role debut, makes her entrance in a lift, with a dangerously deep, affecting voice.”
    Bo Löfvendahl, SvD Kultur, 31 March 2015

    “Anna Larsson appears as Klytamnestra… creepy and sinister.  Her long, sleek appearance looks so threatening.  Vocally she is very credible.”
    Der Neue Merker, 11 April 2015

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    01 Sep 14 SHOENBERG Gurrelieder Netherlands Opera

    “Anna Larsson’s dungeon-deep contralto perfectly embodied the dread and despair in the Song of the Wood Dove, here a beautiful, statuesque Angel of Death.”
    ★★★★ Jenny Camilleri, Bachtrack, 03 Sept 2014

    “Anna Larsson’s wood-dove is sheer luxury”
    Shirley Apthorp, The Finacial Times, 3 September 2014

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    22 Oct 11 Oxford Lieder Festival Recital
    Holywell Music Room, Oxford

    “As well as recitals, there were workshops and talks in what was a very thorough exploration of an area of the song repertory that, outside Scandinavia at least, remains very neglected. Its standout event was a real coup for the festival – an appearance by the great contralto Anna Larsson, accompanied by Matti Hirvonen.”
    ★★★★ Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 23 October 2011

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    06 Aug 11 MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 `Ulricht`
    Royal Albert Hall, London

    “Swedish mezzo Anna Larsson, she sang the Urlicht as though an angel had got into her.”
    David Fanning, The Telegraph, 8 August 2011