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Jón Ketilsson

Jón Ketilsson, tenor, was born in Iceland and studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He has worked internationally with many of the foremost conductors of our time. His roles at the Göteborg Opera have included Radamès in Aida, the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Florestan in Fidelio; he has performed internationally at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Grand Théatre in Genève, and San Carlo in Naples as well as the opera houses in Frankfurt, Vienna, Valencia, Toronto, and Lisbon. He was employed by the Opernhaus Dortmund for the 1997–98 season, after which he joined the ensemble of the Cologne Opera until 2000. In 2000 he also debuted at the Salzburg Festival in the role of Aeneas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens. His repertoire also includes such roles as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Don José in Carmen. In 2005 he sang the roles of Radamès in Aida in the first performance in Copenhagen’s new opera house and the Emperor at La Monnaie in Brussels. In recent years Ketilsson has focused increasingly on Wagner’s operas, performing leading roles in Parsifal, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, Rienzi, and Tannhäuser. He also made his debut in the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes. Ketilsson has worked with leading conductors including Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Jeffrey Tate, and Jesús López Cobos. His most recent projects include Les Troyens at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Semperoper in Dresden.

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Telephone (switch) 031–10 80 00
Ticket office & Restaurant 031–13 13 00

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