Michael Axelsson is an accomplished tenor who studied at the University College of Opera and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He made his debut as Don Curzio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2006 and has since performed a wide range of roles in various productions, showcasing his versatility as a singer.
Since 2020, Michael has been employed at the Opera and has performed roles like Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten, Samuel in The Promise, and Giuseppe in La Traviata.
Axelsson has sung Mozart roles such as Tamino in The Magic Flute and Ferrando in Così fan tutte, as well as bel canto roles like Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He has also excelled in character roles like Kolomán Zsupán in the operetta Gräfin Mariza and Remendado in Carmen at Smålandsoperan. Axelsson has performed at opera houses such as The Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Norrlandsoperan, Dalhalla Opera, Drottningholms Slottsteater, Smålandsoperan, Opera på Skäret, BAM in New York and as Basilio/Don Curzio at Confidencen in The Marriage of Figaro. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Manfred Honeck, Eric Ericson and Tõnu Kaljuste to name a few.
In addition to his opera performances, Axelsson is one of Sweden’s most experienced oratorio tenor soloists, in what has become a truly extensive concert repertoire, and is particularly noted for his performances of the Evangelist Parts in Bach’s Passions. and the Christmas Oratorio. He has sung the majority of the vocal works by Haydn, and Mozart, as well as many pieces by Handel, Beethoven, Dvořák, Rossini and Mendelssohn. He has also performed modern works like Saint Nicolas and Serenade by Britten, La Passione (Evangelist I) by Bartolucci, Choralpassion (Evangelist) by Distler, and Passio (Pilate) by Pärt.
His passion for opera ignited when, at the age of 5, he had the opportunity to be one of the children in Cherubini’s Medea at the Royal Opera in 1984. As a boy soprano, he sang in productions like Die Zauberflöte, Lohengrin, La bohème, and portrayed Miles in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.
Axelsson’s Lieder repertoire is equally impressive, featuring cycles and songs by Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Tosti, Stenhammar, Peterson-Berger, Alfvén, Nordqvist, and Sjögren. He has also premiered several pieces of new music.
He has been part of several world premieres, including the role of Narcissus in “Boris Christ” with Piteå Chamber Opera and Gycklaren Jof in “The Seventh Seal” with the International Brazilian Opera Company.