Ola Eliasson as Don Giovanni (photo: Markus Gårder)
A reader in Stockholm recently saw Ola Eliasson in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni and was surprised that the Swedish barihunk had never been featured on the site. Well, that's an omission that we're more than happy to rectify.
Eliasson originally studied percussion, guitar, French horn and piano at the Royal College of Music before settling on vocal studies. We're not sure how he's slipped past our eagle eyes, as he's been a member of the Royal Opera ensemble since 1997, singing such roles as Count Almaviva in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro), Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Figaro in Rossini's Barber of Seville, Olivier in Richard Strauss' Capriccio, Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Schaunard in Puccini's La bohème.
Ola Eliasson sings Grieg's "Jeg elsker Dig":
His career has been predominantly on the stages of Sweden including appearances with the Göteborg Opera and Drottningholm Court Theater
There are two performances of Don Giovanni remaining at the Royal Opera on April 22 and 27, and then it returns to the repertory in the Fall. This summer, he can be been seen as Alberich in Wagner's Das Rheingold at the Dalhalla Opera Festival form August 8-17.
You can follow him on Twitter @Ola_Eliasson.