Ingvar Wixell

Biography

Born: May 7, 1931; Laleå  
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 Così 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
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  • 1.
    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Verdi: Rigoletto / Chailly, Wixell, Pavarotti, Gruberova
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002092259 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Ingvar Wixell,  Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart At Salzburg Festival - Le Nozze Di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, La Clemenza Di Tito
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107521 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Michael Schade,  Barbara Bonney,  Vesselina Kasarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  James Levine,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 5.
    The Opera Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566102 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
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  • 6.
    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Caballe, Carreras, Wixell
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426560 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Ingvar Wixell,  José Carreras,  Patricia Payne
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Puccini: Il Trittico / Maazel, Scotto, Domingo, Cotrubas
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 79312 Release Date: 09/10/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Placido Domingo,  Renata Scotto,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Berry, Grist, Bohm
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107057 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Pfeifel,  Edith Mathis,  Zoltan Kélémén,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Highlights From Arena Di Verona - Favorite Opera Arias
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4441 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicola Martinucci,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Rosalind Plowright,  Vladimir Atlantov  ... 
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore Highlights / Sutherland, Pavarotti
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421310 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Norma Burrowes,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Ingvar Wixell  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Opera Chorus
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    Pavarotti - The Italian Opera Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001086409 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Juan Pons,  Teresa Stratas,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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    German Opera Masterworks
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9804 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Gundula Janowitz,  Mignon Dunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 13.
    The World's Most Romantic Operas
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9807 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Alessandro Maddalena,  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Ghiuselev,  Franco Calabrese  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Peter Maag,  Nino Verchi,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 14.
    Opera Stories: An In-Depth Look at Ten Operas
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4228 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Vladimir Atlantov,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Fiorenza Cossotto  ... 
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    Ultimate Opera - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000895102 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Marilyn Horne,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli,  Henry Lewis,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Bonynge, Pavarotti, Sutherland, Horne
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000829702 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Ingvar Wixell,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Opera Chorus
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    Puccini: Tosca / Davis, Caballé, Carreras, Covent Garden
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186147 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Domenico Trimarchi,  Piero de Palma,  Ann Murray,  Montserrat Caballé  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Pavarotti, Wixell, Gruberova, Chailly
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000658109 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Ingvar Wixell,  Edita Gruberova,  Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Complete Mozart Edition 16 - German Operas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586202 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Georg Nigl,  David Busch,  Dominik Orieschnig,  Walter Wurdlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Bernhard Klee,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 20.
    Puccini: La Bohème / Pavarotti, Scotto, Levine, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000448409 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Ingvar Wixell,  Renata Scotto,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Maralin Niska  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Puccini: Tosca / Marton, Wixell, Aragall, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2837 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Giacomo Aragall,  Alfredo Giacomotti,  Ingvar Wixell,  Eva Martón
    Conductor:  Daniel Oren
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
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  • 22.
    The Essential Placido Domingo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92845 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lee Holdridge,  John Denver,  Leonard Bernstein,  Patrick Doyle  ... 
    Performer:  Maureen McGovern,  Placido Domingo,  John Denver,  Bo Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  Lee Holdridge,  Robert Ziegler,  Paul Gemignani,  Julio Salazar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  American Theater Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Böhm, Wixell, Watson, Grist, Berry
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: CLOPNDF Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Ingvar Wixell,  Reri Grist,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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  • 24.
    The Dream Cast - Puccini: La Bohème / Alagna, Bocelli, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472619 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Ettore Bastianini,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Herbert von Karajan,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Verdi: Rigoletto (German) - Highlights / Kurz, Wixell, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2028 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ingvar Wixell,  Siegfried Vogel,  Anneliese Rothenberger
    Conductor:  Siegfried Kurz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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