John Sax - Bass

John Sax

John Sax is a versatile bass from Sweden, a graduate of the University College of Opera in Stockholm and the European Mozart Foundation in Prague. He has appeared at Sweden’s major opera houses and has been a regular guest at the Gothenburg Opera. After starting his career as a baritone with roles like Eugene Onegin, The Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Schaunard and Marcello in La Bohème. John Sax has moved into the bass repertoire and appeared as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, Colline in La Bohème, Bosun in Billy Budd, Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Simone in Gianni Schicchi and Titurel in Parsifal.


John Sax studied with Kerstin Meyer CBE and Royal Court Singer Karl-Magnus Fredriksson. He has won a number of awards and scholarships including one from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He speaks Swedish, Norwegian, English, German, French and Italian.


John Sax has also performed a number of contemporary roles: The Prince in Harrison’s Rapunzel at Oper der Stadt Bonn, Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie by Bibalo at The Norwegian National Opera and Opera Vest, Paver Friend in the opera HP about the Swedish boxer Harry Persson by Franke-Blom, Erikin Swells by Börtz at the Royal Swedish Opera, The Smith in The Sleeping City by Riedel at the Stockholm City Theatre the title role Signor Deluso by Pasatieri and The Uncle Werle’s Tintomara.


John Sax has a busy concert diary with upcoming concerts with works like Mozart Requiem, Verdi Requiem, S:t John Passion by Bach and Messiah by Händel.


John Sax also gives regular lieder recitals and has performed a number of song cycles such as Schubert’s Winterreise by Schubert, Dichterliebe, Liderkreis and Kerner Lieder by Schumann, Des Knaben Wunderhornand Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit by Mahler, Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge and King Erik’s Songs by Rangström. He has recorded Schubert’s Winterreise for the record company Sterling. In recital, John Sax he has performed with the pianists Craig Rutenberg, Viktor Åslund and Elisabeth Boström throughout Sweden, in New York and Brussels.

`The Swedish bass John Sax played and sang Amfortas’ father Titurel.

 The freelancing artist who mostly has been engaged in his home country presented

 Titurel with dark, black coloured depht and exact intonation,

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