John LundgrenGuest of the Opera
Swedish bass-baritone John Lundgren makes his National Theatre Opera debut in 2020/21 season singing Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde). He 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 in Copenhagen, and has regularly guest appeared at Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Hamburg State Opera, Dresden State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and Bayreuth Festival. 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), Jochanaan (Salome), Simone (Eine florentinische Tragödie), Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) and Jaroslav Prus (The Makropulos Case). He has also performed major roles in contemporary opera, including Prospero (Adès’s The Tempest) and Devlin (Gefors’s Notorious). In 2006 John Lundgren received the Birgit Nilsson Prize, and in 2010 he was made a Knight of Dannebrog by HM The Queen of Denmark.