was educated at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. She made her first international concert appearance in 1997 performing Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado. Her operatic debut was as Erda (Das Rheingold) at the Berlin State Opera with music director Daniel Barenboim. Anna Larsson has sung contralto roles such as Kundry, Waltraute, Orphée, Fricka, Dalilah, Gaea (Daphne) and the Princess (Suor Angelica). She is seen regularly on the stages of opera houses such as La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House and Royal Swedish Opera. In 2011 she made her role debut as Kundry at La Monnaie in Brussels.
Anna Larsson sings almost the entire concert repertoire for contralto and orchestra and is one of the most highly regarded interpreters of Mahler’s music. She works with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wladimir Jurowski, Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Gustavo Dudamel, Seiji Osawa, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert and Nikolaus Harnoncourt and with all the great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anna Larsson appeared in several concerts at the Salzburg Festival in 2000 and 2011, performing works by Rihm and Mahler among others. In December 2010 Anna Larsson was appointed Court Singer by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. In 2011 she opened her own concert hall, the Vattnäs Concert Barn, in the village of Vattnäs near Mora in Dalecarlia.
Danish bass-baritone Johan Reuter made his Royal Opera debut in 2006 as Wozzeck. He has since sung Theseus (The Minotaur), Jokanaan (Salome), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride), Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and the title role in Oedipe for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Šiškov/Priest (From the House of the Dead).
Reuter was born in Copenhagen and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Royal Danish Opera Academy. He began his career in the vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen and joined Royal Danish Opera in 1996. His roles with the company have included Boris Godunov, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper (Lulu), Michele (Il tabarro) and Gianni Schicchi. He regularly sings with companies including Paris Opéra, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real, Madrid, Hamburg State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, with further engagements including Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Wotan (Das Rheingold) for Bavarian State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival, Wotan (Die Walküre) in Toronto and Gilles de Rais (Szenen aus dem leben der Heiligen Johanna) for the Salzburg Festival.
Reuter has an international career as a concert performer and has appeared at major festivals including the Bregenz Festival, Maggio Musicale, Florence, and the BBC Proms. His wide discography includes recordings of Kunzen’s Holger Danske, Nielsen’s Maskarade and Verdi arias. He was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog in 2005.