Interview with Ms Von Otter and Mr Robertson
Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is considered one of the finest singers of her generation. She earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, and the Wiener Staatsoper.
The diversity of her ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining her international reputation as an operatic force. A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the globe, appearing with the greatest orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with renowned conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez.
Born in California, David Robertson (1958) was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied horn and composition before turning to conducting. He has held the posts of Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2005. He was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony in Australia in 2012.
He has previously held the positions of resident conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, where he succeeded Pierre Boulez in 1992. He held the post of music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2000 to 2004.
In 1997, Robertson won the prestigious Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductor's Award, a leading American prize for conductors. He has also garnered praise for his commitment to American music. He was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2011.