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    Default Anne Sofie von Otter is coming to town - worth attending?

    She's 55 now.
    Can she still deliver?
    Last time I saw an ageing artist - Jennifer Larmore who came to town last year - it was an utter disappointment, her voice was completely shot, it was really pitiful and ridiculous, to the point that my wife and I left during the intermission.

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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Oh, yes! That lady can still deliver! 55 is not exactly 'ageing', thank you (I'm 53 and still have plenty of life left in me yet).

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    Sure, but callas at 40 was already in trouble, and look at Villazón!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Singers are human beings. All human beings are different. Some singers burn-out by their 30s or 40s (usually their own fault), others sing beautifully into old age (eg Hans Hotter). Don't judge von Otter by Callas and Villazón - she's not them.

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    Some singers use techniques that destroy their voices, other not. You cant really know.
    Just recently I was performing in a concert with a very old tenor soloist with extremely beautiful and strong voice. He looked like 60 or 70 something but his voice completely dwarfed the other, young and talented, soloist singers.

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    von Otter is quite a figure so even if she's not as good as she used to be it's pretty rare occassion to see singer of her caliber live. If you won't you may regret it in the future when you will tell you grandchildren how many dragons did you slay and how many famous sopranos did you see live and they will ask about her.

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    She did very well at the Mahler live concert thing this autumn, so I'd say hell yes.

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    If her programme is predominantly lieder/songs then definitely. I can't comment on how well she'd handle arias these days. Whatever, it may be your last chance.

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    You can listen to her recording "Ombre De Mon Amant" on DG's website, recorded in september, 2008.

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    Thanks to everybody who answered the question. So yes, I'll definitely buy tickets!!!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    As an addendum, I saw her sing Brangane in Peter Sellers version of Tristan in September. I thought that she was exceptional.

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    Just go to the concert. Get her autograph, and photos of you next to her. Post these pictures on the internet here for us all to see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Just go to the concert. Get her autograph, and photos of you next to her. Post these pictures on the internet here for us all to see!
    I'll go to the concert, but I can't do the other things you're suggesting. Anna would be jealous. She is dangerous when she is jealous!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    OK, I got the tickets. Fabulous seats in the orchestra pit.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    It's tonight. Can't wait.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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