The Swedish tenor Lars Cleveman is born and raised in Stockholm. After finishing his studies at The University College of Opera in Stockholm he made his debut as Canio in Il Pagliacci in 1988. He free-lanced some years before he was engaged in the ensemble at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1996. The first role he made there was The False Dmitry in Boris Godunov under Gennadi Rozhdestvenski. Following years he became the leading tenor in the Italian, French and further on also the German repertoire.
The starting point for the heavier tasks was Erik in ”Fliegende Holländer” in 1998, with Sixten Ehrling as conductor. Then followed the title role in Werther, Don José in Carmen, Don Carlos, Pinkerton, Hoffmann, Otello among other parts. An important debut was made 2003 when Lars sang his first Parsifal with Silvio Varviso. In 2006 he debuted as Siegfried in Siegfried in the Wagner Ring at the Royal Swedish Opera, the production was staged by Staffan Valdemar Holm. The year after that he made his debut as Siegfried in Götterdämmerung.
Lars crowned his long engagement at the Royal Swedish Opera with Samson in Samson et Dalilah, Tristan, both Siegfried roles and Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in the season 2008-09.
Now followed an international career as guest, mostly in the Wagner fach, at major opera houses around the world. To be mentioned is Tristan at Covent Garden, Tannhäuser in Bayreuth, both Siegfried parts at the Metropolitan Opera and Parsifal in the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.
In recent years Lars has debuted very successfully as Eleazar in Halevy’s La Juive (Gothenburg Opera in Sweden 2014) and as Florestan in Fidelio (Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar 2017). He was invited back to the Royal Swedish Opera in 2017 once again to sing both Siegfried roles and was much appreciated both by the media and by the audience for his interpretations. In April 2019 he sang Siegmund in Die Walküre at Teatro Petruzzelli in Italy under the conductor Stefan Anton Reck.
With a career that extends over more than 30 years, Lars should be one of the most experienced among now active tenors – not only in Sweden but also in Europe.
Recordings to mention include a complete ”Parsifal”, as well as ”Götterdämmerung” with the Hallé Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. The latter received The Grammophone’s award as best opera recording on CD in 2010.