For over a decade, the Swedish tenor Leif Aruhn-Solén has been a sought after singer on the worldʼs concert- and opera stages. His high tenor voice with ease for coloraturas, combined with a delicate timbre and fine interpretations, have rendered him collaborations with some of the worldʼs most renowned baroque ensembles and symphony orchestras. Likewise, his opera engagements have taken him to opera houses in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Leif Aruhn-Solén has a passion for the baroque music. He is often heard in the demanding Evangelist parts of Bachʼs Passions, the haute-contre parts in the French baroque music and in Handelʼs tenor compositions. With his knowledge of the various performance practices of music from different centuries, he has also had success in roles by Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and contemporary composers.
Leif Aruhn-Solén started his vocal performance studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm followed by studies at Oberlin College in Ohio – USA, where he graduated from the Artist Diploma program in 2001. While still being a student, he performed as a soloist in works by Bach and Schubert with prestigious orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Herbert Böck), the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Arnold Östman) and Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Eric Ericsson). Immediately upon graduation, he was contracted to sing with Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), The New Israeli Opera (Christoph Spering) and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Lim Yau), which was followed by opera engagements at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra National de Montpellier, the Royal Opera in Stockholm and orchestral engagements with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester and Concert Spirituel.
Leifʼs most recent engagements include the Evangelist in Bachʼs ST. MATTHEW PASSION with Opera Queensland, First Sailor/Spirit in Purcellʼs DIDO AND AENEAS with Concerto Copenhagen (Andrew Lawrence King), Lillebror in Lindahlʼs KARLSSON ON THE ROOF with Malmö Opera and the Evangelist in Bachʼs CHRISTMAS ORATORIOwith Odense Symphony Orchestra.
CD recordings with Leif Aruhn-Solén include HANDEL ARIAS (Edition Lilac), the two complete operas IFIGENIA IN AULIDE by Martín y Soler and AMINTA, IL RÈ PASTORE by Mazzoni (Harmonia Mundi K617), Charpentiers JUDICIUM SALOMONIS (Virgin Classics) and SONGS OF THE HEART (Sterling).
In season 18/19 Leif will sing the part of Gandhi in SATYAGRAHA and he will be engaged with Odense Symfoniorkester in a performance of Bernstein’s THE MASS.
On Stage represents Leif Aruhn-Solén exclusively in Scandinavia
Mazzoni/IL RE PASTORE