John Sax

John Sax


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2018Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosTruffaldin
2017Puccini: La BohèmeColline
2017Wagner: Die WalküreHunding
2017Puccini: TurandotTimur
2017Verdi: MacbethBanco
2016Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeKönig Marke
2014Puccini: ToscaCesare Angelotti


John Sax – bass

The bass John Sax studied as a baritone with Kerstin Meyer CBE at the University College of Opera in Stockholm followed by studies at the Mozart Foundation in Prague. He won a number of Awards and Scholarships including a Scholarship from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

John Sax made his operatic debut in the role of Melibéo in Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata at the Drottningholm Court Theatre. He has sung at all the major opera houses in Sweden and appeared on many occasions at both the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm and Gothenburg Opera. His roles have included Count Robinson Il matrimonio segréto (Cimarosa), Colas Bastien e Bastienne (Mozart), Masino La vera Costanza (Haydn), Bertarido Rodalinda, Macrobio La pietra del paragone (Rossini), Le Géoloer et 2eme Commissaire Les Dialogues des Carmelites, the title role in Eugene Onegin, Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro, Morales and Dancairo Carmen, Schaunard La Bohème, Smirnov The Bear, Mr Gedge Albert Herring, and Hans Comedy on the Bridge (Martinů). He appeared as Dr Falke Die Fledermaus at the Wiener Kammeroper.

John Sax has also performed a number of contemporary roles amongst which are The Prince Rapunzel (L Harrison) at Oper der Stadt Bonn, Jim O’Connor The Glass Menagerie (A Bibalo) for The Norwegian National Opera and Opera Vest, Paver Friend Harry Persson (Lars-Åke Franke-Blom), Erik Swells (Daniel Börtz) Royal Swedish Opera, The Smith The Sleeping City (G Riedel) at the Stockholm City Theatre, the title role Signor Deluso (Pasatieri) and The Uncle Tintomara (L J Werie).

John Sax has a busy concert diary and amongst his past baritone repertoire were the Fauré Requiem; Ein deutsches Requiem (Brahms); St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Actus Tragicus by J.S. Bach. Future repertoire will be the Mozart Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, and Beethoven 9th Symphony.

John Sax gives regular lieder recitals and has performed a number of song cycles such as Die Winterreise (Schubert); Dichterliebe, Liderkreis Kerner Lieder Op 35 (R Schumann); Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit (Mahler); Vier ernste Gesänge (Brahms) and King Erik’s Songs (T Rangström). He has recorded a CD of Schubert’s Winterreise for Sterling. In recital he has performed with the pianists Craig Rutenberg and Viktor Åslund.

Recently John Sax has started to move into the bass repertoire and appeared at the Gothenburg Opera as Bosun in Billy Budd and Angelotti inTosca.
Current engagements; Colline in La Bohème at the Opera in Kristiansund and Sandefjord.

March 2017

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Don Basilio Immediately Smålands Musik och Teater och Jönköping Sinfonietta 2019
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Truffaldin Immediately Göteborg Opera 2018
Puccini: La Bohème Colline Immediately Operaen i Kristiansund 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Hunding 1 week Royal Opera Stockholm 2017
Puccini: Turandot Timur No 2017


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