John Erik Eleby
With the motivation "... for his rare, beautiful, strong and agile voice ..." John Erik Eleby was awarded the SvDs Opera Prize in 1997, since then he has repeatedly proven his great value to the Swedish opera stages.
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, Grenvil in La Traviata and Swallow in Peter Grimes, and more.
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.
“The soloists belong to the youngest generation of the ensemble – with the exception of veteran bass-baritone John Erik Eleby as Don Magnifico in characteristically splendid vocal form.” La Cenerentola/Royal Swedish Opera
Hanna Husáhr makes her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.2021-03-02 photo by Kungliga Operan
Puccini's Tosca in a semi-staged concert version recorded at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm