I didn‘t even get to post the von Otter “Haugtussa” this year, so instead, here is Anne Sofie von Otter at Kulturhuset Ytterjärna’s “Järna Summer Festival” in 2020, talking about her career and favorite musics, and singing songs from “Country Road” to “Come Again”.
It is an hour of understated ease and poise that leaves one in a state of (tentatively hopeful) serenity, and with the uniquely von Otteresque conviction that there is a North, and things still align themselves to it.
[- just please don’t the try the homicidial maniac thing at home. The golden hair glitter is fine, though. Also: overcoats. – Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Slávka Zámečníková (Poppea) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Vienna/Staatsoper 2021]
[That trend to stage Le Prince Charmant as not-another-Disney-dude? Excellent choice. – Antoinette Dennefeld (Le Prince Charmant) and Hélène Guilmette (Lucette) in Massenet’s “Cendrillon”, Nancy 2019.]