Staffan Liljas

Staffan Liljas


Currently performing a critically lauded Polyphemus at Confidencen in Stockholm
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«Mr Liljas’ sonorous bass sounded the part whether he was a genial host or enraged head of the family.»
«With his fine phrasing, Staffan Liljas binds together the wild melodic jumps of his Polyphemos and gives the evil villain human sensibilities.»
2018Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Jesus
2018Marschner: Der VampyrSir Humphrey Davenaut
2018Monteverdi: Vespro della beata VergineBass
2017Puccini: Madama ButterflySharpless
2017Menotti: The TelephoneBen
2017Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Jesus
2017Ponchielli: La GiocondaAlvise Badoero
2016Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenBadger
2016Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Bass
2016György Ligeti: AventuresBass
2016Puccini: Gianni SchicchiMarco
2015Berlioz: Béatrice et BénédictDon Pedro
2015Westman: I annan himmelEx-husband
2015Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem)Baritone
2014Wagner R.: Das RheingoldAlberich
2014Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorBass
2012Cavalli: GiasoneErcole
2012Puccini: Gianni SchicchiGianni Schicchi
2012Cavalli: GiasoneOreste
2011Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDon Alfonso
2011Verdi: MacbethBanco
2010Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)Pilatus



Staffan Liljas is a Swedish bass equally at home on the operatic and concert stages. In the summer of 2018, he performed Davenaut in Marschner’s Der Vampyr at Läckö Slottsopera and in the spring, he performed the bass solo in Vivier’s Journal at the Stockholm Concert Hall to rave reviews.
In the summer of 2017, he performed a critically lauded Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Skånska Operan. In 2017 he was also Ben in a production of Menotti’s The Telephone in Stockholm. In 2016, he was part of two acclaimed opera performances in Sweden, first as the Badger in Janacek’s The cunning little vixen at Norrlandsoperan, and then in Ligetiland at Folkoperan in Stockholm – a performance with music by György Ligeti, where he performed Ligeti’s Aventures together with KammarensembleN. In 2015, he was Don Pedro in Läckö Slottsoperas highly praised production of Berlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict. In addition, he was Marco in Gianni Schicchi in a production in The Netherlands. In the summer of 2014 he sang his first Alberich in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Oslo.
Staffan graduated the master’s programme at the University College of Opera in Stockholm in the summer 2012. In College, Staffan has performed Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth and Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He has performed as part of the Young Artist Programme at Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2011 as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte and in 2012 as Ercole and Oreste in Cavalli’s Il Giasone. Staffan has also performed scenes from Berg’s Wozzeck as Wozzeck, Wagner’s Siegfried as Wotan, Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail as Osmin, and Puccini’s Tosca as Scarpia.
After college, Staffan was part of first performances of three newly written operas, among them Carl Unander-Scharin’s experimental I sing the body electric with performances in Stockholm and Cape Town, South Africa. Staffan has a great love for contemporary music and loves the challenge of interpreting a piece for the first time.
Staffan has wide-ranging musical interests, and performs music by the early masters such as Purcell, Händel and Bach with equal pleasure and ease as classical and romantic repertoire by Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner and newly written music by composers such as Alban Berg, György Ligeti, Unander-Scharin and others. Staffan is highly regarded for his warm timbre, excellent diction and stage presence in both dramatic and comedic roles.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion) Jesus Immediately Huddinge Church, Stockholm 2018
Marschner: Der Vampyr Sir Humphrey Davenaut 1 week Läckö Slottsopera 2018
Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine Bass Immediately Nacka Church, Stockholm 2018
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Sharpless 24 hours Skanska Operan 2017
Menotti: The Telephone Ben 1 week WasahofOperan 2017