Ingvar Wixell

Biography

Born: May 7, 1931; Laleĺ  
Ingvar Wixell is one of the leading operatic baritones of the twentieth century. He had a commanding stage presence and dark baritone voice that made him suited for the most dramatic roles, but was also highly effective in comic roles.

He studied in Stockholm. His first operatic appearance was as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute. His first international appearance came when the Stockholm Royal Opera visited London's Covent Garden in
Read more 1960. Then he performed as Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina.

His first appearance at Glyndebourne Festival Opera was as Guglielmo in Cosě fan tutte. Later that year, he sang the same role at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, and was thereupon invited to join it. He became a member of the company in 1963. In 1965 he sang in the popular Eurovision Song Contest. In 1966 he created the role of Pentheus in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's The Bassarids at Salzburg. His American debut was in San Francisco as Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, and first sang at the Met in 1973 as Rigoletto.

The Deutsche Oper was the company with which he was most closely associated. He remained on its roster for 35 years, leaving it after his final performance as Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca on November 9, 1998. Scarpia might have been his signature role, but he also sang many Verdi roles, including Don Carlo in La forza del destino, Simon Boccanegra, and Rigoletto. Others of his most important roles were Eugene Onegin, Mandryka in Strauss's Arabella, and the Count in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. In the later part of his career he became a memorable exponent of Verdi's Falstaff, and in 1998 received raves for his singing and comic acting in Donizetti's Viva la Mamma! as Mamma Agatha. Read less
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Böhm, Wixell, Watson, Grist, Berry
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Tdk  
Catalog: CLOPNDF   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: Tosca / Marton, Wixell, Aragall, Et Al
Release Date: 06/28/2005   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2837   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Rigoletto / Pavarotti, Wixell, Gruberova, Chailly
Release Date: 07/04/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000658109   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Caballe, Carreras, Wixell
Release Date: 07/28/2010   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 426560   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Rigoletto / Chailly, Wixell, Pavarotti, Gruberova
Release Date: 07/29/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002092259   Number of Discs: 1
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