Jørgen Backer

Biography

Jørgen Backer is fast emerging as one of the Nordic region’s most versatile young baritones. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at The Academy of Opera in Oslo, where his teachers included Carsten H Stabell and Markus Kvits. At the opera academy, Jørgan sang Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress among other roles.

Jørgen has appeared with The Norwegian Opera, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Opera Nordfjord, Opera Sør, Opera Vestfold, Oscarborg Opera, Haugesund Chamber Opera and at the Oslo and Kristiansund Opera Festivals. He made his debut at The Norwegian Opera in 2013 as Dr Falke in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and has also appeared with the company as the Imperial Commissioner in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Lønning in Vaage’s Khairos and Harry in Schwemmer’s Robin Hood.

Jørgen is a regular artist at the Oslo Opera Festival, where his roles have included Tonio in Pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca and the Theatre Director in Viva la Mamma. He recently appeared as Marchese in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra’s staging of La Traviata. At the Kilden Performing Arts Centre he will sing the Sacristan in Tosca in a co-production with Nordnorsk Opera and Opera Rogaland during September - October 2018 and in February 2019 he did his debut as the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth for Kristiansund Opera.
Season 2019-20 will include roles as Dancaire and Falstaff (debut).

Jørgen’s roles have ranged from Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre and Alberich in the same composer’s Das Rheingold to Escamillio and Morales in Bizet’s Carmen and Schaunard and Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème. For Haugesund Chamber Opera, he has appeared as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. In November 2017, Jørgen participated in the first performance of Dracula in Haugesund, a new collaborative chamber opera to which he contributed the libretto.

Jørgen regularly appears as a concert soloist in Norway and beyond in both sacred and secular repertoire. He signed to Nordic Artists Management in 2018.

Calendar
Repertoire
Operatic roles

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Dancairo
CARMEN/Escamillo
CARMEN/Morales

Giuseppe Verdi

LA TRAVIATA/Marquis dÒbigny
MACBETH/Macbeth
DON CARLO / Marquis of Posa (Rodrigo)
LA TRAVIATA /Germont
LA TRAVIATA/ Baron Duphoul
RIGOLETTO/Rigoletto
RIGOLETTO/ Marullo

Charles Gounod

FAUST/ Valentin
FAUST/Wagner

Giacomo Puccini

TOSCA/a jailer
MADAMA BUTTERFLY/Sharpless
TURANDOT/ Ping
TOSCA/Scarpia
LA BOHEME/Marcello
LA BOHEME/Schaunard

Benjamin Britten

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/Tarquinius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Figaro
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papageno
COSI FAN TUTTE/Guglielmo
LA FINTA GIARDINIERA/Nardo
DON GIOVANNI
DON GIOVANNI/Leporello

Igor Stravinsky

THE RAKES PROGRESS/Nick Shadow

Johann Strauss

DIE FLEDERMAUS/Dr. Falke
DIE FLEDERMAUS/Frank

Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai

DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR/ Herr Fluth

Richard Wagner

DIE WALKÜRE/Wotan
Concert and sacred works repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248/1-3

Dietrich Buxtehude

Membra Jesu Nostri

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem KV 626
Krönungsmesse

Giacomo Puccini

Missa di Gloria
Press Service

Fotograf Steinar Dahl

Representation:
DK, NO, SE, FI
Special Projects in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland
Concerts