Åke Zetterström, baritone, trained at the University of Gothenburg School of Theatre and Opera, performed at the inaugural performance of the Göteborg Opera in 1994 and has, since then, belonged to the ensemble of soloists. His many roles include Papageno, the Speaker of the Temple and Second Armoured Man in The Magic Flute, Brusander the Dean in Kristina från Duvemåla, Angelotti in Tosca, Schaunard in La Bohème, Gunther in Götterdämmerung, Zuniga in Carmen, The Wooden Soldier in The Doll Doctor and Figaro in The Barber of Seville. In addition, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Ford in Falstaff, Ribbing in Gustavo III, the title role in Don Giovanni, the Count and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, Achilla in Giulio Cesare and Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus. Early on in his career he was awarded a Birgit Nilsson Scholarship and, for playing the role of Sixtus Beckmesser in Die Meistersänger von Nürnberg, Åke Zetterström was awarded the Tidskriften OPERA Opera Prize in 2010. Most recently, he has sung Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress and Melisso in Alcina at the Göteborg Opera. Åke Zetterström has given guest performances at the Drottningholm Palace Theatre in the title role in the Reine Jönsson opera Cecilia och Apkungen [Eng: Cecilia and the Ape King], which was also broadcast on TV. He is also regularly engaged as a concert singer in both sacred and profane contexts and is a documented performer on several radio and CD recordings. His role in the Ape King at the Drottningholm Palace Theatre, enabled Åke Zetterström to receive a scholarship from the Friends of Drottningholm Palace Theatre, from the hand of Sweden's Crown Princess herself.
L'Elisir d'Amore, premiere 16 November