|Anne Sofie von Otter|
I first took notice of her when I heard a recording of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, wherein she sang the role of Dido. It wasn't my favorite version, but it definitely caught my attention. It had excellent vocal clarity and precision. The final lament in particular was intense!
A few years later, I noticed that she had recorded some Grieg lieder. I had no interest in Grieg's music, but I remembered her engaging sound and style. So, I gave it a listen. I'm still not sold on Grieg, but her performance brought out the rich melodic texture, the intimate romanticism, of the music. Lovely.
And then there is Schubert. That's when ASvO stole my heart. ;-)
Anyway, here are a few more vids to showcase ASvO's style:
Here's Anne Sofie von Otter's Wikipedia page.
And here's her official website.