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John Lundgren

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Swedish bass-baritone John Lundgren makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season singing Wotan/Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades).

Lundgren studied social sciences and worked as a social worker before entering the Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen. He went on to become an ensemble member of Royal Danish Opera, and now sings regularly for opera companies including Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Dresden State Opera. His Wagner roles include the title role of Der fliegende Holländer, Telramund (Lohengrin), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Amfortas (Parsifal) and Alberich and Wotan/Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen). His wide repertory also includes Macbeth, Iago (Otello), Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Scarpia (Tosca), Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West), Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Jokanaan (Salome), Simone (Eine florentinische Tragödie), Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) and Jaroslav Prus (The Makropulos Case). In summer 2017, he made his role debut as Wotan/Wanderer for Royal Swedish Opera (with Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde) and went on to sing the role for Bayreuth Festival.

Lundgren has also performed major roles in contemporary opera, including Prospero (Adès’s The Tempest) and Devlin (Gefors’s Notorious). In 2006 he received the Birgit Nilsson Prize for being one of the few Scandinavian-born dramatic baritones of his generation. In 2010 he was made a Knight of Dannebrog by HM The Queen of Denmark.

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John Lundgren

John Lundgren as Wanderer and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wanderer in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Andrew Staples as Froh and John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Fricka and John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan, Alan Oke as Loge and Gerhard Siegel as Mime in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Wiebke Lehmkuhl as Erda in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

The Valkyries and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

The Valkyries and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Siegel as Mime, Oke As Loge, Kränzle as Alberich, Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Alan Oke as Loge and John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich and John Lundgren as Wanderer in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wanderer and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Fricka and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Alan Oke as Loge and John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich and John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Wiebke Lehmkuhl as Erda and John Lundgren as Wanderer in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

The Valkyries and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Fricka and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera