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Set III: Christmas with Anne Sofie von Otter

Daniel Hope, Music Director and Concertmaster
Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano

December 18-20, 2019


Johann Sebastian Bach: “Bereite Dich” from The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Antonio Vivaldi: "Vedro con mio diletto" from Giustino
Thad Jones: A Child is Born
Irving Berlin: White Christmas
Robert Wells: The Christmas Song
Traditional: O Tannenbaum
Traditional: Koppången
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Antonio Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons
Daniel Hope, violin
Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6 No. 10, HWV 328
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto”


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Palo Alto

December 18, 2019 -- 7:30pm -- First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

San Francisco

December 19, 2019 -- 7:30pm -- St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco


December 20, 2019 -- 7:30pm -- First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Berkeley


Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter makes her debut in a holiday celebration that combines a variety of traditional works, including selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with popular holiday favorites.


Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has long been considered one of the finest singers of her generation. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of recordings and numerous awards including an International Record Critics’ Award (recording artist of the year), a Grammy Award (best classical vocal performance) for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and a Diapason d’Or for a recording of Swedish songs with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg. She collaborated with pop legend Elvis Costello on the disc For the Stars and in October 2010 released her first recording on the Naïve label, Love Songs, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Subsequent recordings for Naïve include So Many Things – a collaboration with trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider – and a double CD of mélodies and chansons entitled Douce France which received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

Anne Sofie von Otter earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. She performed the role as part of a series of engagements with James Levine at The Metropolitan Opera, and also with Carlos Kleiber in New York, Tokyo and at the Wiener Staatsoper (available on DVD). Other seminal opera recordings include Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice under John Eliot Gardiner, Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski, Pelléas et Mélisande under Bernard Haitink and Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Recent roles have included Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Salzburger Festspiele with Cecilia Bartoli (available on DVD); Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra National de Paris (available on DVD); Leocadia Begbick (Mahagonny) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Countess Geschwitz in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg. She appeared as Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper) at Theater an der Wien and as Waltraute (Die Götterdämmerung) at Festival d’Aix en Provence, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper under Sir Simon Rattle, and she created the role of Leonore in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by the composer. In Helsinki in September 2017 she created the role of Charlotte Andergast in Höstsonaten/Autumn Sonata – story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and music of Sebastian Fagerlund, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig.

A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the world where recent appearances have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and l’orchestre Les Siècles with François-Xavier Roth. She performed Kindertotenlieder at Carnegie Hall with the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera and Esa-Pekka Salonen and she appeared with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado, for a televised performance of Das Lied von der Erde on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death.

Earlier Event: November 7
Set II: Simone Dinnerstein Leads Bach
Later Event: January 23
Set IV: Beethoven in the Presidio