Michael Axelsson

Michael Axelsson

Lyric Tenor

Lyric Tenor
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«Michael Axelsson är helt fenomenal, han sjunger med total inlevelse och är ett med berättelsen. Att lyssna på honom är en fröjd»
Dagens Nyheter 1 April 2014 (Bartoluccis La Passione, Evangelist) (2017)
«"Man kann sich mit ihm über jeden strahlenden Ton freuen und in jedem klingenden Piano mitschwingen."»
Sächsische Zeitung 2012 (Fenton, Die lustigen Weiber) (2017)
«"...Michael Axelssons beautiful, elegantly Balanced Voice..."»
Smålandsposten 2016 (Il Conte, Il barbiere di siviglia (2017)
2016Dvořák: Stabat Mater, B. 71, Op. 58Tenor
2016Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaConte d'Almaviva
2015Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Evangelist and tenor solo
2015Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427Tenor
2015Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)Tenor
2015Marcus Fjellström: Boris ChristNarcissus
2014Bach J.S. St. Mark Passion (Grychtolik)Evangelist & Tenor solo
2014Telemann G.P. St. Mark Passion (1759)Tenor
2014Mozart: Die ZauberflöteTamino
2014Rossini: Petite Messe SolennelleTenor
2014Schumann: Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Op. 112Tenor
2014Bach J.S.: Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio)Evangelist and tenor solo
2013Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorTenor
2013Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroDon Basilio & Don Curzio
2012Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von WindsorFenton
2012Die Comedian HarmonistsErich Collin
2011Kálman: Gräfin MarizaKálmán Zsupán
2011Lehár: Der Graf von LuxemburgArmand Brissard
2011Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)Evangelist & Tenor solo
2010Mozart: Die ZauberflöteTamino
2010Ramdohr: Petterson und Findus und der Hahn im KorbCaruso
2010Spohr: FaustFranz
2009Mozart: Die ZauberflöteTamino
2008Mozart: Die ZauberflöteTamino
2008Haydn: Il mondo della lunaEcclitico
2007Verdi: FalstaffDr. Cajus
2007Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Evangelist & Tenor solo
2006Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorTenor
2006Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroDon Curzio
2006Bach J.S. St. Luke PassionEvangelist & Tenor solo
2005Bach J.S. St. Luke PassionEvangelist & Tenor solo
2004Bach J.S. St. Luke PassionEvangelist & Tenor solo
2000Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFerrando
2000Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreNemorino


Michael Axelsson was born in Värmdö, Sweden. His studies include the University College of Opera in Stockholm and the performance programme in singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as Musicology at the Stockholm University. 

Last summer he performed as Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Smålandsoperan. Earlier engagements include Tamino at Smålandsoperan and Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro at Confidencen. For two years, 2010-2012, Michael was a member of the soloist ensemble at Landesbühnen Sachsen, singing for example Tamino in the Magic Flute, Fenton in Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Kolomán Zsupán in Gräfin Mariza and Armand Brissard in Der Graf von Luxemburg.The summers 2010 and 2009 Michael sang Priest and Armored man at Dalhalla Opera, also covering Tamino. Other engagements include Tamino at Norrlandsoperan and Opera på Skäret, Ecclitico in Il Mondo della Luna (Haydn) at Drottningholms Slottsteater and West Green House in England, and Dr Cajus in Falstaff (Verdi) at Kammeroper Schloß Reihnsberg in Germany.

In the oratory field Michael has a wide repertoire, singing the St John and St Matthew Passions, the Christmas Oratorio and the B Minor Mass by Bach, the Messiah by Händel, Requiem and the C Minor Mass by Mozart and Saint Nicolas by Britten, with orchestras such as the Stockholm Royal Court Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stockholm Baroque Orchestra. As a member of a male solo quartet he performs regularly at the Royal Chapel and the Royal Palace at official occasions.

In the field of chamber music Michael has performed for instance Serenade, Canticle I and II, and Songs from the Chinese by Benjamin Britten, Dichterliebe by Schumann and Die Schöne Müllerin by Schubert. The Swedish Lied is important for him and 2010 he released his first CD "Hjärtats sommar" focusing on Swedish songs. He also collaborated with contemporary composers, for example with two song cycles by the composer and pianist Daniel Stagno and premiering a Requiem by Visby Cathedral Organist Claes Holmgren.
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CV & Repertoire

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Dvořák: Stabat Mater, B. 71, Op. 58 Tenor Immediately S:t Lukas church 2016
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Conte d'Almaviva Immediately Smålandsoperan AB 2016
Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion) Evangelist and tenor solo Immediately Botkyrka Församling 2015
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427 Tenor Sunnmøre Kammermusikkfestival 2015
Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion) Tenor Immediately The Netherlands: Grote Kerk Harderwijk 2015