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About Håkan Hagegård

Baritone,  Håkan Hagegård

Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård was catapulted to fame with his role of Papageno in Ingmar Bergman's film version of Die Zauberflöte.

Håkan's career spans four decades, and he has performed in all the major opera houses and concert halls, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opera Bastille, Sydney Opera House, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. His operatic debut was in 1968 as Papageno with the Stockholm Opera, and his Metropolitan Opera debut followed ten years later as Malatesta in Don Pasquale opposite the Norina of Beverly Sills. His vast operatic repertoire encompasses such varied roles as Don Giovanni, Scarpia, Germont, Amfortas, Conte Almaviva, Posa and Figaro. In 1991, he created the role of Beaumarchais in the world premiere production of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles at the Metropolitan Opera.

He has performed and recorded many of the great song cycles, including Schubert's Die Winterreise, Die Schöne Müllerin, and Schwanengesang, Schumann's Dichterliebe, Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch, as well as the songs of Grieg. His recording of the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with James Levine won a Grammy Award. In 1999, his recording of Hagegård Sings Brahms, Sibelius and Stenhammar with pianist Warren Jones received a Grammy Award nomination.

In 1985 Håkan was appointed vocalist to his majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and in 1989 he became a member of Sweden’s Royal Academy of Music.

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