John Sax

Biography

John Sax is a versatile bass from Sweden, a graduate of the University College of Opera in Stockholm and the European Mozart Foundation in Prague. He has appeared at Sweden’s major opera houses and has been a regular guest at the Gothenburg Opera.

John started his career as a baritone, making his debut at Drottingholm Court Theatre as Melibéo in Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata. His professional roles have included the title role, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), The Count, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Robinson, Il matrimonio segréto (Cimarosa), Colas, Bastien e Bastienne (Mozart), Masino, La Vera Costanza (Haydn), Bertarido, Rodelinda (Handel), Macrobio, La pietra del paragone (Rossini), Deuxieme Commissaire, Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc), Morales and Dancairo, Carmen (Bizet), Schaunard and Marcello, La Bohème (Mozart), Smirnov, The Bear (Walton), Mr Gedge, Albert Herring (Britten), and Hans, Comedy on the Bridge (Martinů) and Dr Falke, Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss II).

Recently John Sax has moved into the bass repertoire and appeared at the Gothenburg Opera as Angelotti in Tosca, Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Colline in La Bohème at the Opera in Kristiansund and as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
In 2020, John will sing the role as Masetto in Don Giovanni at Norrlandsoperan.

John is active as a concert and oratorio singer and as a lieder recitalist. He has recorded Schubert’s Winterreise and performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Kerner Lieder and Liederkreis, Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn and Sieben Lieder aus Letzter Zeit, Brahms’s Vier ernste Gesänge and Rangström’s King Erik’s Songs. In concert, he has appeared as the bass soloist the Requiem settings by Verdi and Mozart, Bach’s St John Passion and Handel’s Messiah.

John studied with Kerstin Meyer CBE and was as scholarship holder at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He speaks Swedish, Norwegian, English, German, French and Italian.

Calendar
Repertoire
OPERA ROLES

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DON GIOVANNI/Masetto
DON GIOVANNI/Commendatore

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

EUGEN ONEGIN/Gremin

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Colline
TOSCA/Angelotti

Richard Strauss

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Truffaldin

Giuseppe Verdi

MACBETH Banco

Richard Wagner

DIE WALKÜRE Hunding
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE/Marke
ORATORIOS AND SACRED WORKS

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion - Arias

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem KV 626

Giuseppe Verdi

Requiem
Press Service

Photo: Emelie Kroon

Photo: Emelie Kroon

Photo: Emelie Kroon

Photo: Emelie Kroon

Media
1. Bancos aria from Verdis Macbeth - Come dal ciel precipita (Februar 2020) Piano - Bo Wannefors 2. Hunding from Wagners' Walküre - Ich weiß ein wildes Geschlecht (2016) 3. Basilio aria for Il Barbiere di Siviglia- La calunnia (Januray 2019) Jönköping Sinfonietta Conductor: Christian von Gehren 4. Sparafucile from Verdis Rigoletto (with Anton Eriksson) - Quel vecchio maledivami! (2017) Piano: Robert Rydholm 5. Hagen from Wagner's Götterdämmerung
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