John Lundgren, baritone, was born and raised in Sweden. While still attending the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, he joined the soloist ensemble at the Royal Danish Opera, which became his “home stage.” Here he has performed many of the major dramatic baritone roles, including Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Posa in Don Carlos, and Amonasro. Recently, Lundgren has debuted in roles as diverse as Escamillo in Carmen, Scarpia in Tosca, Berg’s Wozzeck, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde. During 2007 he sang Don Pizzarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Jonathan Miller as stage director at the Danish National Opera, where he returned in 2008 to make his debut in the title role of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. Lundgren made his Tokyo Opera debut as Scarpia in 2009.
Contemporary opera is also an important part of Lundgren’s repertoire. In 2005 he sang the part of Prospero in The Tempest by Thomas Adès. He also appeared in the Drottningholm production of Cecilia and the Monkey King by Reine Jönsson, where he sang no fewer than four different roles.
2012 John Lundgren sang Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chenier at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Amfortas in Keith Warner’s Parsifal production in Copenhagen, and Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West in Stockholm. Other recent roles include Jago, Macbeth, and the Flying Dutchman at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Scarpia at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Alberich in Wagner’s Ring cycle in Geneva, the Flying Dutchman in Zürich, and Barak in Frau ohne Schatten at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2006 Lundgren was awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize, and in 2010 he was granted the title of Ridder af Dannebrogordenen (Knight of Dannebrog) by HM The Queen of Denmark.