V1658. HÅKAN HAGEGÅRD, w.Cillario & Ingebretsen Cond.: Songs by Söderman, Aulin, Althén, Hallén, Alfvén & Stenhammar; Arias from Così fan Tutte, Faust, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Tannhäuser & Don Carlos. (Sweden) Caprice 21362, recorded 1975-88.
“While the outstanding Swedish baritone, Håkan Hagegård, was still at school, he studied singing at the Local Conservatory of his hometown. In 1967 he started to attend the class for soloists at the State College of Music in Stockholm (Royal Academy). After finishing his studies, Håkan Hagegård made his début at the Royal Opera, Stockholm in 1968 as Papageno (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE). It was in the same rôle that he later won universal acclaim in Ingmar Bergman’s television film of Mozart’s opera. In 1970 he made his first appearance at the Drottningholm Theatre as Pacuvio in Rossini’s LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE. Since 1970 Håkan Hagegård has been attached to the Royal Opera, Stockholm, and his operatic repertoire includes numerous rôles. Hagegard studied Lieder interpretation with both Erik Werba and Gerald Moore, and made his début as a Lieder singer in Stockholm in 1970, singing Schubert’s DIE WINTERREISE. He has since given Lieder recitals all over Europe, has appeared with the leading orchestras of his native Scandinavia and America, and in many major musical centres including London, Madrid and Salzburg. Håkan Hagegård has been increasingly in demand abroad both as an opera singer and recitalist, notably in the USA, at Glyndebourne, in Spain and West Germany. He made his operatic début in America as Malatesta in DON PASQUALE at the Metropolitan Opera, in 1980. His 1980 engagements included his début at the Edinburgh Festival in his own recital. In 1980 he also undertook a major World Tour under the auspices of the Swedish Government, which comprised a series of concerts and recitals throughout Europe, Israel, Australia, Hong Kong and America, and which also included a further recital at the Wigmore Hall in London. In December 1991, he created the rôle of Beaumarchais in the première of Corigliano’s THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES at the Metropolitan Opera.”
- Aryeh Oron