Nils Gustén


Nils Gustén is a young and promising bass with a beautiful timbre and a moving stage presence.  Recently he has been engaged at Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen singing Colline in La Bohème and at Malmö Opera singing the part The Death in the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann. He has also been engaged at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm singing in Min bror är Don Juan (My brother is Don Juan), a production that also has been guesting Mannheim, Germany. This summer he sang the title role in Il Turco in Italia at Läckö Slottsopera in Sweden. 

Nils received a Bachelor of Arts from the University Collage of Opera in Stockholm in the spring of 2015. His final exams included the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni, Ariodate in Handel’s Xerxes and Ulf in “Den Bergtagna” by Ivar Hallström.

John Erik Eleby has been the primary singing teacher during Mr Gustén’s studies and among other things they have worked with scenes from: Simon Boccanegra (Fiesco), Vespri Siciliani (Procida), Don Carlos (Filip), Cosi van tutte (Don Alfonso), Fidelio (Rocco), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), La Bohème (Colline), The merry wives of Windsor (Falstaff), Don Pasquale (Don P) and Tintomara (Ankarström and Reuterholm).

Nils Gustén is a frequently hired concert soloist. In the beginning of 2015 he was one of the soloists in the prestigious and nationally broadcasted ”Trettondagskonserterna” in Sweden under Patrik Ringborg’s baton. Mr Gustén has amongst other pieces performed Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, the Nelson mass by Haydn, Dettinger Te Deum by Handel and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

Nils Gustén has received several scholarships, for example from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music, the prestigious Confidencen Scholarship from the Anders Wall-foundation and the scholarship from The Vadstena Academy, where he performed in the summer of 2014.

Among other recent opera engagements can be mentioned Nils’ appearance in the contemporary piece The Silver Bird, written by Mats Larsson Gothe, a story about the life of Jussi Björling, in the world premiere of the contemporary opera Boris Christ in Sweden and at the Royal Palace in Stockholm where he sang Leporello in Don Giovanni together with Peter Mattei and the participation in he production of two operas from the 1700 century: the tragedy Comala and the comedy Nina at Vadstena in Sweden.

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