Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård was catapulted to fame playing Papageno in Ingmar Bergman's film Die Zauberflöte. He has performed at all the major international opera houses and concert halls including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Covent Garden, La Scala, and many others. A champion of contemporary music, he has performed world premieres of works by John Corigliano, Dominick Argento, and other internationally recognized composers.
His impressive career comprises opera, song cycles, and sacred music as well as contemporary and popular songs. His recordings include the Grammy-winning Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with James Levine as well as Don Giovanni, Carmina Burana, and many others with the world’s greatest orchestras. He has recorded Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with Emanuel Ax; and the Grammy-nominated "Hagegård Sings Brahms, Sibelius and Stenhammar" with the pianist Warren Jones. Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with the Hallé Orchestra and Kent Nagano is his most recent recording.
Mr. Hagegård now teaches full time as professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He has taught at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and other acclaimed training academies. In 1992, Mr. Hagegård opened the HageGarden Music Centre where performers could renew themselves in the peaceful atmosphere of nature.
In 2010 Mr. Hagegård opened Singers Studio Sweden, a creative platform where artists regularly have the opportunity to hone their skills and art. Singers Studio Sweden is open to singers and instrumentalists, composers, librettists, stage directors, conductors and any others working in the business of opera and art song.