Staffan Liljas is a Swedish bass equally at home on the operatic and concert stages and highly regarded for his warm timbre, excellent diction and stage presence in both dramatic and comedic roles. During 2019 he is invited to Confidencen, Sweden’s oldest rococo theatre, singing Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea by Händel and will also sing Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Labopéra Alsace in Colmar. Last season he appeared as Davenaut in Marschner’s Der Vampyr at Läckö Slottsopera. He also performed as bass soloist in Vivier’s Journal at the Stockholm Concert Hall to rave reviews.
Mr Liljas has wide-ranging musical interests, and performs music by the early masters such as Purcell, Händel and Bach with equal pleasure and ease as classical and romantic repertoire by Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner and newly written music by composers such as Alban Berg, György Ligeti, Unander-Scharin and others. He has a great love for contemporary music and enjoys the challenge of interpreting a piece for the first time.
Some recent highlights are Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) at Skånska Operan, Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone in Stockholm, the Badger in Janacek’s The cunning little vixen at Norrlandsoperan, Ligetiland at Folkoperan in Stockholm, a performance of Ligeti’s Aventures with Kammarensemblen, Don Pedro in Beatrice et Benedict (Berlioz) at Läckö Slottsopera, Marco in Gianni Schicchi in a production in The Netherlands. Mr Liljas sang his first Alberich in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Oslo 2014.