Staffan Liljas is a Swedish bass who took his masters degree from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2012. During the fall of 2021, he has been performing the role of the quantum supercomputer Teus in Eric Gedeon’s newly written musical Djur som hatar människor at Uppsala City Theatre. In the summer of 2019 he was Polyphemus in Händel’s Acis & Galatea at Confidencen in Stockholm. This superlatively reviewed performance was broadcast by Swedish National Television. In the spring of 2019, he performed Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Labopéra D’Alsace. In the summer of 2018, he performed Davenaut in Marschner’s Der Vampyr at Läckö Slottsopera.
Other recent roles: Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Skånska Operan, Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone in Stockholm, the Badger in Janacek’s The cunning little vixen at Norrlandsoperan, Aventures in Ligetiland at Folkoperan, Don Pedro in LBerlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict at Läckö slottsopera, Marco in Gianni Schicchi in the Netherlands, Alberich in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Oslo.
Staffan is also a very appreciated soloist in concerts. In the fall of 2020 he was the bass soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespro dellla beata vergine at Stockholm Concert Hall with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, in the fall of 2019 he sang Handel’s Messiah with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, and in 2018 he performed the bass solo in Vivier’s Journal at Stockholm Concert Hall. Apart from this, he is constantly active with the large oratorios in various churches. During the fall of 2021, he has among other things performed Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah, in addition to several solo programs, among them one with all of Bach’s cantatas for bass.
During the spring 2021, Staffan recorded his first solo album Baroque Bass which has recently been released on Footprint Records. The album focuses on motets and anthems for bass and basso continuo from Italy and England in the 1600s.