John Erik Eleby

Bass-baritone / Bass

The Swedish bass-baritone John Erik Eleby is engaged in the ensemble of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, where his roles have included Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, Zuniga as well as Escamillo in Carmen, Titurel in Parsifal, Biterolf Tannhäuser, Zero/Mother in the world premiere of Tristessa, Yamadori i Madama Butterfly, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Bohème, the title role in Don Pasquale, La Roche in Capriccio and Swallow in Peter Grimes.

John Erik Eleby’s repertoire includes Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, the title role in Don Giovanni, Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims and Scarpia in Tosca. He has sung The Emperor in Tan Dun’s TEA: A mirror of Soul with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2008/2009 season included the premiere production of Unander-Scharin’s The Crystal Cabinet with the Piteå Chamber Opera.

On the concert platform John Erik Eleby has appeared under the batons of conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit and Manfred Honeck. He appears frequently in the sacred works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and others.

John Erik Eleby studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. He is also engaged as an accompanist and choir conductor.


Updated January 2019

John-Erik Eleby photo credit Kungliga Operan Photo credit Per B. Adolphson Photo credit Per B. Adolphson Photo credit Per B. Adolphson