Mikael Samuelson holds a unique position in Swedish musical life because he is successful within opera, musicals, songs, theatre, film and TV. He also composes his own music and collaborates with symphony orchestras throughout the country. In Autumn 2013, for example, he is giving a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall, featuring his own songs together with a string quartet.
It was as a singer that he first made his name, in operas such as The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, at venues such as NorrlandsOperan, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Drottningholm Palace Theatre.
He made his great breakthrough and was awarded the Guldmasken Award with the title role in The Phantom of the Opera at Oscars Theatre in Stockholm during its record run 1989-1995. Other musical roles have included South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof at the Malmö Opera and Music Theatre, Zorba at Säffle Opera and Cyrano at the Oscars Theatre. Mikael is also well known from the highly successful Swedish TV series Rederiet and, at the cinema, he was seen most recently in Min Frus Förste Älskare.
Within the repertoire of more contemporary music, for example, he has sung in the first performance of Sven-David Sandström's Requiem, Musikdramatiska Ensemblen's production of Britten's opera Death in Venice and Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King. His interpretations on CD of songs by Birger Sjöberg, Evert Taube and Carl Michael Bellman have been highly successful with audiences and critics alike, and he has also recorded his own arrangements of poems by Svante Söder. The recording Bokslut came out in 2001, and it is subtitled: You leave something behind you yet have a lot more in front of you.