Anna Larsson graduated from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 1996. Her international debut was made in Mahler “Symphony No. 2” with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra and Claudio Abbado in 1997, and her opera debut as Erda in Wagner's “Das Rheingold” at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Among her many roles are Kundry, Herodias, Erda, Waltraute, Orphée, Fricka, Dalilah, Lucretia and Zia Principessa at theaters including Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Festspiele Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Maggio Musicale Firenze, La Monnaie Brussels, Palau des Arts Valencia, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Finnish National Opera and the Swedish Royal Opera.
In 2014/15 she added the roles of Gaea / “Daphne” in Toulouse and Klytaemnestra / “Elektra” at the Wiener Staatsoper and Waldtaube / “Gurrelieder” at the Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam. Last season she made returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Zia Principessa / “Suor Angelica” with Sir Antonio Pappano, to the Wiener Staatsoper for Erda and Waltraute in “Der Ring des Nibelungen” and Klytaemnestra, and to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for the “Ring” with Daniel Barenboim.
In concert, Anna Larsson is rightly justifying her position internationally as the premier, and most consummate interpreter of Gustav Mahler's works. She regularly sings with all the great orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, The Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras. She sings almost the entire concert repertoire for contralto/mezzosoprano and orchestra, with the most illustrious conductors including Mehta, Salonen, Harding, Jurowski, Rattle, Pappano, Dudamel, Osawa, Wigglesworth, Manacorda, Albrecht, Haenchen, Masur, Maazel, Gilbert and Harnoncourt. In December 2010 Anna Larsson was appointed Court singer by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and in 2011 she opened her own concert house, Vattnäs Concert Barn in Dalecarlia, where she has sung God the Mother in “The King of Fools”, the newly composed opera about Jussi Björling which she commissioned in 2015.
2016/17 included her role debut as Mistress Quickly / Falstaff at the Frankfurt Opera, Kundry / Parsifal at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin with Daniel Barenboim and concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra & Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra / Daniel Harding (Mahler Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3), Royal Flemish Philharmonic / Edo de Waart (Mahler Symphony No. 2), National Orchestra of Spain / David Afkham (“Elektra”), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra / Eliahu Inbal (“Das Lied von der Erde”) and at the Verbier Festival / Esa-Pekka Salonen (“Elektra”).