Niklas Björling Rygert

© Mats Bäcker

Swedish tenor Niklas Björling Rygert was exposed to the theatrical world at a young age. As a child, he participated in musicals at Stockholm’s Folkan Theater, dubbed voices for Disney films and read the leading role in a radio version of Oliver Twist. He received his musical education in Stockholm. Since graduating from the University College of Opera in 1999, he has been a member of the Stockholm Royal Opera, singing an expansive and diverse range of roles: Captain (Wozzeck), Dickson (La dame blanche), Belfiore (La finta giardiniera), Monostatos (Zauberflöte), Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Franz / Andreas / Spalanzani / Pitichinaccio (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Vašek (Prodaná nevesta) – to mention but a few.

Niklas attracted international attention after his début as Mime, in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried at the Royal Opera in Stockholm in 2005. In the same year he was given the Gunn Wållgren and awarded the Masonic Order´s Master Education Grant, having won the ‘Opera Friends’ award in Stockholm two years prior. Niklas then went on to receive the Uno Stjernqvist award (2006).

In May/June 2009 he sang the role of Mime again at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Since then, Niklas Björling Rygert has worked with Mo. Mehta on a regular basis: in Gurrelieder, where he sang Klaus Narr with the Israel Philharmonic, marking the celebration of Zubin Mehta’s 50th anniversary in Israel, and Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2012. In the 2013/14 season he was again invited to Tel Aviv for concert performances of Die Fledermaus with the Israel Philharmonic. In the 14/15 season he sung Goro in Madama Butterfly, Monastatus in Zauberflöte and the Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde.

Besides his considerable opera and concert activity in Stockholm, the following engagements have been important stepping stones in his career: Der Narr (Die Schatzgräber) in Frankfurt, Mime (Das Rheingold) with Kent Nagano and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mime (Siegfried) in Esbjerg, Denmark, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier in Amsterdam and his début at Dresden’s Semperoper as Pedrillo.

Niklas’ forthcoming engagements for the Swedish Royal Opera’s 16/17 season include: Siegfried, Das Rheingold, La bohème, Fedora and Die Zauberflöte.

Alban Berg – Wozzeck – Hauptmann
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Alban Berg – Wozzeck – Narr
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Georges Bizet – Carmen – Remendado
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Benjamin Britten – Peter Grimes – Bob Boles
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor – Arturo
Confidencen Court Theatre Stockholm
Umberto Giordano – Andrea Chénier – Abbé
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Die tote Stadt – Victorin
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Claudio Monteverdi – IL ritorno d ’Ulisse in patria – Giove / Eumete
Drottningholms Slottsteater
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Pedrillo
Confidencen Court Theatre Stockholm, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – La finta giardiniera – Belfiore
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Don Basilio
Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Malmö Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Monostatos
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Jacques Offenbach – Les contes d’Hoffmann – Andrès / Franz / Pitichinaccio / Spalanzani
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Giacomo Puccini – La fanciulla de West – Nick
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Giacomo Puccini – Madama Butterfly – Goro
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – Spoletta
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Giacomo Puccini – Il tabarro – Tinca / Un venditore di canzonette
Swedish Radio Orchestra Stockholm
Giacomo Puccini – Turandot – Pong
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Arnold Schönberg – Gurre Lieder – Klaus Narr
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Schreker – Die Schatzgräber – Narr
Oper Frankfurt
Bedrich Smetana – Prodaná nevesta – Vašek
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Johann Strauß – Die Fledermaus – Blind
Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier – Valzacchi
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Richard Strauss – Elektra – Junger Diener
Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Savonlinna Opera Festival
Richard Strauss – Salome – 1. Jude
Teatro Real Madrid, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Richard Strauss – Salome – Herodes
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Yevgeny Onegin – Triquet
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Pikovaja dama – Tchekalinsky / Master of Ceremonies
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff- Bardolfo
Kungliga Operan Stockholm
Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff- Dr. Cajus
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Giuseppe Verdi – Otello – Roderigo
Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold – Mime
Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Folkoperan Stockholm, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lesna Sopot Poland, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Richard Wagner – Siegfried – Mime
Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Den Ny Opera Esbjerg Denmark, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – Ein Hirte / Stimme eines jungen Seemanns
Kungliga Operan Stockholm