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Håkan Hagegård

Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård has completed four decades as a leading baritone in
performances around the world, and is noted for his command of both the operatic and recital
repertoire.

He was a student at Stockholm's Royal Academy of Music, and following his graduation,
continued his studies with Gerald Moore in London, Erik Werba in Salzburg, and Tito Gobbi in
Italy. During this period, he made his operatic debut in 1968 at the Stockholm Royal Opera as
Papageno, a role with which he was particularly associated. He performed the role subsequently
in Ingmar Bergman's film version, which brought him international acclaim.

During his career, he has performed at the Vienna Staatsoper, Covent Garden, La Scala,
Opera Bastille, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He debut at the
Metropolitan Opera in 1978 was in the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale. His repertoire also
includes Count Almaviva, Figaro, Don Giovanni, Germont, Scarpia and Amfortas. He has also
encouraged interest in twentieth century music, and created the role of Beaumarchais in the
world premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles.

He is equally renowned as a lieder singer, and has been in great demand as a recitalist,
performing at Carnegie Hall and in concert halls across Europe. He is particularly known
for the great song cycles of Schumann and Schubert, as well as the songs of Grieg,. He has
recorded much of this repertoire and won a Grammy Award for his recording of the Brahms Ein
Deutsches Requiem, conducted by James Levine.

Mr. Hagegård was appointed vocalist to his majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 1985,
and became a member of the Royal Academy of Music in 1989. He was Senior Lecturer in
Music at the Indiana University School of Music, holds a professorship in Vocal Studies at the
Norwegian Academy of Music, and is the director of the Singers' Studio in Stockholm.

A native of Karlstad, Sweden, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Karlstad
in 2002.