Guildhall School alumna Anne Sofie von Otter was admitted into the School’s Fellowship on 31 January in a ceremony presided over by the Principal, Professor Barry Ife.
The informal ceremony was attended by Guildhall Chairman Tom Hoffman, Director of Music Jonathan Vaughan, Head of Opera Clive Timms and alumni relations manager Rachel Dyson, as well as current opera students Sioned Davies and Sky Ingram (pictured above with Anne Sofie von Otter).
The internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano studied at the Guildhall from 1981-2 under the late Vera Rozsa, OBE. The Swedish singer went on to make her operatic debut with the Basel Opera in 1982 and since then has enjoyed a hugely successful career. She has performed with the world’s most prestigious opera companies including the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opera de Lyon, Royal Swedish Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic and at the BBC Proms and Salzburg Festival. She has made numerous recordings – several with long-time collaborator Bengt Forsberg – and won many awards.
Talking at the ceremony, von Otter said she valued the rigorous training she received at the Guildhall, which included working on four full-scale operas at the Guildhall and the chance to perform at Aldeburgh and Cambridge.
The Guildhall elects around 10 new Fellows each year, with most receiving their Fellowships at graduation. Other Fellows include Simon Russell Beale, Clive Rowe, Pierre Boulez, Dvora Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Sean Gregory and Dave Holland.
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