Ingvar Wixell

Ingvar Wixell

Swedish opera singer, baritone
Date of Birth: 07.05.1931
Country: Sweden

Biography of Ingvar Wixell

Ingvar Wixell was a Swedish opera singer, known for his powerful baritone voice and compelling stage presence. Born on May 7, 1931, in Luleå, Sweden, Wixell began his opera career in 1955 when he made his debut in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.

Ingvar Wixell

Throughout his career, Wixell performed in various prestigious opera houses and festivals around the world. In 1962, he appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Proms in London. In 1971, he sang in Wagner's "Lohengrin" at the Bayreuth Festival, and the following year, he performed the role of Simone Boccanegra at the Royal Opera in London.

Wixell made his American debut in 1972 at the San Francisco Opera, and in 1973, he received acclaim for his portrayal of Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He was a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for thirty years, starting from 1967.

Known for his versatility, Wixell excelled in portraying complex and villainous characters. He frequently performed in operas by Verdi, including "Un ballo in maschera," "Il trovatore," "Aïda," and, notably, "Rigoletto." His baritone voice conveyed a sense of venom, sarcasm, and strong character, captivating audiences with his artistry.

In addition to his operatic achievements, Wixell also gained recognition for his appearances in film and television adaptations of famous operas. He starred in films such as "La Bohème" (1961), "Aïda" (1977), "La forza del destino" (1981), and "Tosca" (1982). His most notable role was as Rigoletto in the 1982 film adaptation, where he shared the screen with Luciano Pavarotti.

Wixell retired from the opera stage in 2003, giving his final performance as the Music Master in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" at the Malmö Opera. Throughout his career, Ingvar Wixell left a lasting impact with his powerful voice, compelling performances, and his ability to bring complex characters to life on stage and screen.