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Fredrik Zetterström (Baritone)

Born: July 18, 1972 - Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish baritone, Fredrik Zetterström, studied at Adolf Fredriks skola in Stockholm under Jan Åke Hillerud (1982-1987) and at Södra Latins gymnasium in Stockholm (1988-1989)). He received his musical education at the University College of Music and the University College of Opera (Operahögskolan I Stockholm) in Stockholm and with Professor Birgit Stenberg (1992-1995).

Since his debut at Folkoperan in 1991, Fredrik Zetterström has been engaged by most Scandinavian opera companies (Royal Opera=Kungliga Operan, Gothenburg Opera=Göteborgsoperan, Malmö Opera, Värmlandsoperan, Norrlandsoperan, Folkoperan, The Royal Theater=Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, The Danish Opera in Aarhus), Latvian National Opera and has also performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and at the Chicago Opera Theater. He counts among Scandinavia’s leading baritones of today. He has been noted for his performances in a wide range of roles in a repertoire consisting of works from the Baroque to the most contemporary. Roles to be mentioned are; the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Leporello in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, the Count and Don Bartolo in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Pantalone in L’amour des trois Oranges, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Jago in Otello, Don Pizzaro in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio, Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims, Valentin in Charles Gounod's Faust, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Eugene Onegin.

Fredrik Zetterström is a frequent soloist in concerts and has appeared with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra and Turku Symphony Orchestra in Finland. He has appeared in the world premieres of works by the Swedish composers Daniel Börtz, Thomas Jennefelt, Sven-David Sandström, Knut Nystedt and Karin Rehnqvist. With pianist Thomas Schuback he recently performed the song-cycle Klangernas sånger, a work dedicated to the duo by composer Daniel Börtz.

Highlights in 2002-2003 season were Germont in La Traviata and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos at Malmö Opera. In 2003-2004 season, Fredrik Zetterström sang Jago in Otello and Marcello in La Bohème, both at Malmö Opera, as well as Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims at Chicago Opera Theatre. In the 2004-2005 season, he added three new roles to his extensive reperoire: Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Norrlandsoperan, Valentin in Faust at Malmö Opera and Dr Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at Chicago Opera Theater.

In 2005-2006 season, Fredrik Zetterström sang Leporello opposite Håkan Hagegård as Don Giovanni at the Värmland Opera and Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Malmö Opera with conductor Arnold Östman. In 2006, he sang his first Rigoletto at Folkoperan in Stockholm and later in concert with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Pier Giorgio Morandi. In 2007 came his first venture into the Wagner repertoire as a sensational Amfortas in Parsifal at Värmland Opera, followed by Valentin in Faust both at the Gothenburg Opera and at the Malmö Opera as well as Den Jyske Opera in Århus, Denmark and Marcello at Det Kongelige in Copenhagen and at the Gothenburg Opera.

In the 2008-2009 season, Fredrik Zetterström sang his first Jochanaan in Salome with Dame Gwyneth Jones as Herodias at the Malmö Opera, as well as his first Scarpia in a prestigious Tosca-project in Uppsala performed in the city’s Cathedral and Old Castle. Later that year he sang Marcello in La Bohème at the Gothenburg Opera, the role of Escobar in the world première of John Forsell’s Death and the Maiden at Malmö Opera, Balstrode in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes for Norrlandsoperan and Xavier in Daniel Börtz’s new opera Goya, a work commissioned by the Gothenburg Opera.

2010-2011 season included Jago in Otello in Uppsala, role debut as Posa in Don Carlo at Gothenburg Opera, conducted by Christian Badea and Wotan in Das Rheingold and Der Wanderer in Siegfried in the critically acclaimed complete Der Ring des Nibelungen at Värmland Opera in Karlstad. Later that season Fredrik Zetterström went to the Copenhagen Opera to sing Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pajazzo, starring José Cura. During summer of 2011, he sang Giorgio Germont in a production of La Traviata at Teater Hedeland. In fall of 2011 he made huge success with his interpretation of Alban Berg's Wozzeck at NorrlandsOperan. The production was conducted by Roland Kluttig and directed by Bogdan Zsyber and Carina Reich. This critically acclaimed Wozzeck was then broadcasted on national TV.

In 2012 season, Fredrik Zetterström made his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Scarpia in Tosca, with José Cura as Cavaradossi and Emma Vetter as Tosca. In November he sang his first Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, directed by Tobias Theorell and conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi. In November 2012, he was awarded the prestigious OPERA Magazine's prize for his interpretation of Wozzeck at NorrlandsOperan in 2011.

Forthcoming engagements include the title role in Aribert Reimann's Lear at the Malmö Opera, Wolfram in Tannhäuser at Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima, Peru and Japan tour as bass soloist with Royal Academic Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem. He is married to the soprano Alexandra Büchel and currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Source: Fredrik Zetterström Website (November 2012) & Facebook profile; Swedish Wikipedia Website (April 2016); Photo 01: Riccardo Palombo; Photos 02, 04-05, 24: Knut Koivisto; Photos 03, 06: Emelie Joenniemi
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Aryeh Oron (April 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Nicholas Cleobury


V-1 (2012): BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Fredrik Zetterström, Baritone (Official Website)
Fredrik Zetterström on Facebook

Fredrik Zetterström (Wikipedia) [Swedish]

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