Erika Sax

Erika Sax


Swedish lyric dramatic mezzo soprano
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2018Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf NaxosDryade
2017Webber: Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom
2015Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierAnnina
2012Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Dame
2012Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk DistrictSonyetka
2012Dvořák: RusalkaThird Nymph
2011Strauss R.: SalomePage of Herodias
2011Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorAlisa
2011Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginLarina
2010Rossini: L'Italiana in AlgeriZulma
2010Rossini: L'Italiana in AlgeriZulma
2009Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Pauline
2009Strauss J.: Die FledermausPrinz Orlofsky
2007Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerMary
2004Verdi: RigolettoMaddalena
2003Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Pauline


The Swedish mezzo soprano Erika Sax, made her debut already before she graduated from the University College of Opera in Stockholm, as Rossinis Cenerentola at the Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden 2002. Her performance  there led straight to engagement at the Gothenburg Opera as Pauline in Tjajkovskijs Pique Dame, a part which she also sang at the Royal Swedish Opera in 2009. She returned to the Royal Swedish Opera in the season 15/16 singing Annina in Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, in a new production designed Christof Loy. With her full lyric dramatic warm timbre and strong stage presence Erika has been a regulair guest at the Gothenburg Opera singing parts as; Maddalena in Verdis Rigoletto,  Orlofsky in Strauss Der Fledermaus, Alisa in Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor, Herodias Page in Strauss´ Salome, Larina in Tjajkovskijs Eugen Onegin, Sonjetka in Schostakovichs Lady Macbeth from Mzensk, Myrtale in Massenets Thaïs, Maffio Orsini in Donizettis Lucrezia Borgia, Cornelia and Sesto in Handels Julius Caesar, The third Lady in Mozarts The Magic Flute, Zulma in Rossinis LÍtaliana in Algeri, A Nymph in Dvoraks Rusalka, The Nurse in Mussorgskijs Boris Godunov, Liselotte/Maria-Lucia in Carl Unander Scharins world première of The sleep clinic. The season 17/18 she  returns to Gothenburg as Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera and Dryad in Strauss Ariadne auf  Naxos. At the Swedish Folkopera she has sung Gertrude in Gounods Romeo&Juliet and Maddalena in the critically acclaimed production of Verdis Rigoletto directed by Mira Bartov. At Läckö Castle Opera Erika portraited the party of Clarice in Rossinis La pietra del Paragone and at Norrlandsoperan she has sung Mary in Wagners The Flying Dutchman.Erika has also sung the part of Hermia in Brittens A Midsummernights dream at the Vasa Theatre in Stockholm.Erika has performed in concert with the Gothenburg Opera´s Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, The Dala Sinfonietta among others. Together with the Drottningholm Court Baroque Ensemble she has appeared as Storgé in Handels opera Jephta and with Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker she has sung the part of The Mother in Stravinskijs Mavra. At several occations she has in concert represented Sweden at the Bellapais International Music Festival in nothern Cyprus.Erika Sax´s sacred and lieder repertory include; Christmas Oratorio, St John´s Passion, Magnificat (J.S Bach), The Messiah (Handel), Harmonie messe, Requiem, Coronation mass (Mozart), Songs by the sea (Nystroem), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), The Swedish Mass (Roman), LÓratorie de Noël (Saint-Saëns), Gloria (Vivaldi) among others. She has worked with conducters such as; Christian Badea, Per Giorgio Morandi, Alexander Polianichko, Gian Carlo Andretta,  Jan Latham Koenig, Olaf Henzold, Stefan Klingele, Henrik  Schäfer, Patrik Ringborg, Stefan Solyom, Sigfried Köhler, Thomas Dausgaard among others.Erika has recieved scholarships from The Royal Swedish Acadamy of Music, The Kerstin Meyer Award as well as the prestigious Anders Wall scholarship.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos Dryade Göteborg Opera 2018
Webber: Phantom of the Opera The Phantom Göteborg Opera 2017
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier Annina 1 Day The Swedish Royal Opera 2015
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 3. Dame 1 week Göteborg Opera 2012
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District Sonyetka 1 week Göteborg Opera 2012