Håkan Hagegård shot to fame playing Papageno in Ingmar Bergman's 1975 film of Die Zauberflöte, having made his operatic debut in 1968 in Stockholm in the same role. His impressive career comprises opera, song and sacred music as well as contemporary and popular song and he has performed at all the major international opera houses and concert halls throughout the world. A champion of contemporary music, he has performed world premieres of works by John Corigliano, Dominick Argento and other internationally recognized composers.

His recordings include the Grammy Award-winning Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with James Levine; Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with Emanuel Ax; the Grammy-nominated Hagegård Sings Brahms, Sibelius and Stenhammar with the pianist Warren Jones and Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with the Hallé Orchestra and Kent Nagano.

Mr Hagegård was a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and also taught at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Since 2010 he has been running the Singers Studio Sweden, a forum for artistic development in Stockholm and he is currently working with the Young Artists’ Program at Tanglewood Festival. In 1985 Håkan Hagegård was appointed vocalist to His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and in 1989 became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Karlstad in 2002.