Conny Thimander, tenor

Biography

Conny Thimander, Swedish tenor, received his Master of Arts degree from the Opera Academy in Stockholm.

His operatic career started, while still at the Academy, with a jump in as the Italian singer in Capriccio, a role which he learnt on a very short notice, to sing at the premiere in the Royal Swedish Opera, after which he directly got offered Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Pong (Turandot) by the artistic direction.

The season 2022-23 features Mr. Thimander as Vašek in The Bartered Bride at the Gothenburg Opera, Japeth and High Priest in S D Sandström´s last opera The Book of Life together with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Julian in The Snow Sister at Malmö Opera and as Orfeo in an experimental version of Monteverdi´s masterpiece at Sort/Hvid in Copenhagen.

The season 2021-22 he performed the role Flute in Peter Hall´s legendary take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Malmö Opera and the very extreme role of Police Inspector in Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Royal Danish Opera.

Other productions and roles worthy of mentioning are André in Rufus Wainwright´s opera Prima Donna at the Royal Swedish Opera (2021), Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld at Malmö Opera (2020), Phillip von Hessen in the Luther opera Schlagt sie tot! at Malmö Opera (2019), The Holy Fool in Boris Godunov, directed by Peter Konwitschny at Gothenburg Opera (2018), Tanzmeister and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos at Gothenburg Opera (2018), Sandon in Swedish national opera Aniara at Malmö Opera (2017), Lindoro in an adaptation of L´italiana in Algeri at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus (2017), Trotteltroll in Die Schneekönigin at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (2016), Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Jyske Opera (2015), Niko and Hüseyin in Gegen die Wand at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (2014), Mond in Vom Mädchen, dass nicht schlafen wollte at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (2014), and then later again at Theater Bonn (2016).

Also the early music scene has seen Mr. Thimander in various roles among which his appearances at the Drottningholm Palace Theatre as Pastore in L’Orfeo and the stuttering humpback Demo in Il Giasone by Cavalli.

On the concert stages he has performed most of the major oratorios, where the Evangelist from the passions by J.S. Bach has become one of his specialties.

Mr. Thimander has been awarded with second prize in the competition Gösta Winbergh Award and has received the Swedish Wagner Society Bayreuth Scholarship.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera roles

Georges Bizet

CARMEN /Remendado

Karl-Birger Blomdahl

ANIARA/ Sandon

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM/ Flute

Jim Magnus Bunnskog

RHESUS/ Sarkozy

Francesco Cavalli

IL GIASONE/ Demo

Giulio Castagnoli

IL DRAGONE IN GABBIA/ Madrigal Soloist

Gaetano Donizetti

L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Nemorino
DON PASQUALE/Ernesto

Gunnar Edander

THE SINGER WITHOUT EARS/ Hoichi

Thomas Jennefelt

BEI UNS/ Adam

Magnus Johansson

THE SNOW SISTER/ Julian

Marius Felix Lange

VOM MADCHEN, DAS NICHT SCHLAFEN WOLLTE/ Der Mond
DIE SCHNEEKONIGIN/ Trotteltroll

Franz Léhar

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/ Pritschitsch

Thomas Lindahl

DOLLYS BEAUTY SHOP/Pierrot
KARLSSON ON THE ROOF/ Little Brother
MY MOTHER IS A DRAGON/ Åke

Mathias Lissmyr

GOBLIN GOLD/ Simon

Staffan Lundén-Welden

OPUS OPERA/ Alfred

Claudio Monteverdi

L'ORFEO/Eco
L'ORFEO/Pastore
L'ORFEO/Spirito

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI FAN TUTTE/Ferrando
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Basilio
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Tamino

Modest Mussorgsky

BORIS GUDONOV/ Missail
BORIS GUDONOV/ Yuródivy

Jacques Offenbach

ORPHEE AUX ENFERS/ Mercure

Carlo Pallavicino

BASSIANO/ Alindo

Giacomo Puccini

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST/ Harry
MADAMA BUTTERFLY/ Goro
TOSCA /Spoletta
TURANDOT/ Pong

Jean Philippe Rameau

PYGMALION/ Pygmalion

Gioacchino Rossini

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA/Almaviva
L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI/ Lindoro

Sven-David Sandström

THE BOOK OF LIFE/ High Priest
THE BOOK OF LIFE/ Japeth

Dmitry Shostakovich

THE NOSE/ Police Inspector

Bedrich Smetana

THE BARTERED BRIDE/Vasek

Richard Strauss

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/Brighella
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/ Scaramuccio
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/Tanzmeister
CAPRICCIO/ Italian Singer
DER ROSENKAVALIER/ Italian Singer
SALOME Narraboth

Johan Ullén

THE LOVE MACHINE/ Skarp

Ludger Vollmer

GEGEN DIE WAND/ Hüseyin
GEGEN DIE WAND/ Niko

Rufus Wainwright

PRIMA DONA/ André

Kurt Weill

DER SILBERSEE/ The fat policeman

Lars Johan Werle

TINTOMARA/ Gustav III
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion BWV 245
Magnificat BWV 243
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Mass in B minor BWV 232
Various cantatas

Benjamin Britten

Rejoice in the Lamb

Dietrich Buxtehude

Membra Jesu Nostri

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Magnificat
Assumpta est Maria
Mors Saülis et Jonathae
Le reniement de Saint Pierre
Te Deum

Antonin Dvorak

Mass in D-major Op. 86

Franz Joseph Haydn

Die Schöpfung
Die Jahreszeiten

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56
Saul
Israel in Egypt

Felix Mendelssohn

Paulus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Coronation Mass KV 317
Grand Mass in C minor

Arvo Pärt

Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johannem

Camille Saint-Saëns

Oratorio de Noël

Jan Sandström

Rekviem

Heinrich Schütz

Weihnachtshistorie

Georg Philipp Telemann

Kanarienvogel-Kantate
Lukaspassion

Antonio Vivaldi

Gloria
Review
THE NOSE, Royal Opera, Denmark
Information
The Police Inspector with particularly violent tendencies was given strong exposure by Swedish Conny Thimander, a high, piercing tenor in the Russian tradition.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT´S DREAM, Malmö Opera
Tidskriften Opera
The interplay is physical and well-oiled, thanks in part to Conny Thimander's rock-solid comic timing in the role of Francis Flute. His tenor sounds nicely focused.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT´S DREAM, Malmö Opera
DN
Conny Thimander's parody of Lucia di Lammermoor (...) would almost be worth a review of its´ own.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT´S DREAM, Malmö Opera
Sydsvenskan
There are many talented singers here, but I would especially like to mention Conny Thimander in the drag role as Francis Flute.
TOSCA, Malmö Opera
Månssonkultur.se
However none of them displays good acting, except for Conny Thimander as Spoletta. A dribbling and disturbing turncoat who does everything that Scarpia says. A great pleasure to see his acting despite, him being an uncanny slimeball. He is also equipped with a dramatic tenor voice that one can help noticing. It is not very often that you see opera singers who can act as good as this.
BORIS GODUNOV, Göteborgs Operan
Göteborgsposten
And last but not least Conny Thimander shines in the two roles as Misail and The Holy Fool. Thimander´s scene with the children's choir, the shopping trolley and Tsar Boris is one of the best in the whole show. Great acting by the opera's Holy Fool, the only one who actually dares to tell Boris the truth...
BORIS GODUNOV, Göteborgs Operan
Borås tidning
Conny Thimander with his dramatic tenor voice delivers a memorable interpretation, in reminiscence of the famous Russian tenor Georgii Nelepp. Here the music of Mussorgsky pierces deeply into the soul.
Hanna Höglund, Expressen
Conny Thimander… That is the star of the evening.
Molly Teleman, NT
Especially Mythos, vividly played by Conny Thimander, shines with his expressive voice and anxious body language.
Lennart Bromander, Aftonbladet
Conny Thimander … a natural comic talent, and there seems to be no limits as to how good he can get.
Kulturspeilet
Every opera manager should take notice of Conny Thimander.
UNT
Who impressed me the most was the tenor soloist and evangelist Conny Thimander … vocal and dynamic range paired with indisputable pitch control and expression was amazingly outstanding.
Maria Schottenius, DN
Conny Thimander is evangelist-journalist with backslick, fiery and thrilling and good.
Karin Helander, SVD
Conny Thimander makes a fine appearance as a lyrically sensitive Little brother.
UNT
Conny Thimander as Tamino had an utterly sonorous tenor voice.
Dalarnas Tidning
Conny Thimander is brilliant… He is completely in his character and pictures what he sings not just through the words but also through body and soul.
NT
The acting was peculiarly uninterested with one extraordinary exception in the substitute Conny Thimander…
Press Service

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