Philip Zandén

Philip Zandén is a multifaceted actor and director. Since his breakthrough in 1981 as Mozart in the play Amadeus at Stockholms Stadsteater, he has appeared in several classic theater plays and in numerous film and television productions. With his extensive theater experience and musical heritage, it was not a long step to the operatic repertoire. He is now an established director with a wide and impressive track record in both opera, musicals and theater.

In the autumn of 2013, Philip Zandén directs Art, a play by French Yasmina Reza, and plays the role of Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd,both at Stockholms Stadsteater.

Last season he both directed and played the lead role in the play Markurells’ at Stockholms Stadsteater.

The season of 2011/2012 started with a play at the The Jewish Theatre. Philip Zandén directed Jobs sufferings by Hanoch Levin. In spring 2012, he portrayed Olof Palme in a newly written piece at Stockholms Stadsteater.

Recent directorial highlights include his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm with Don Pasquale (Donizetti), the musical Leva livet (Living life) at China Theater, an acclaimed production of Strindberg’s The Father at Stockholms Stadsteater.

During the 00s, he has directed numerous sets for theater, opera and musicals. Above all, he has worked at the Stockholms Stadsteater: Berlin (Hare, 2009), Brott och brott (Crime and crime, Strindberg, 2009), Allt om min mamma (All About My Mother, Adamson, 2008), Det går an (JL Almqvist, 2008), Le nozze di Figaro (de Beaumarchais, 2007), L’ecole des femmes (Molière, 2006), Fordringsägare (Creditors, Strindberg, 2005), Hamlet (Shakespeare, 2004), Ett dockhem (A Doll’s House, Ibsen, 2002).

1995, Philip Zandén made his operatic directorial debut with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Intima Teatern in Malmö. In opera and musicals he has directed West Side Story by Bernstein (China Theatre, 2006) and The Barber of Seville by Rossini (Norrlandsoperan 2004).

In the late 90s, Philip Zandén was theater manager and artistic director of the Malmö Music Theatre and has appeared in and directed several of the house’s productions during these years. For example, The Magic Flute by Mozart, Putte Hågen and Dåliga människor by Wiehe/Andersson and The Beggar’s Opera by Pepusch/Gay. He has also directed A Doll’s House at Gladsax Theatre in Copenhagen, and Cabaret (Kander/Ebb) for the Riksteatern (Sweden).

Philip Zandén was born in Gothenburg and sang as a young man in the radio boys’ choir. He comes from a musical family, Grandpa is Gösta Nystroem, composer to Sinfonia del Mare, Songs of the sea and the opera Herr Arne’s money. After studies at Scenskolan in Malmö, he came to Stockholms Stadsteater 1979. He had his breakthrough in 1981 with Amadeus, a show where he impressed with his acting and piano playing. He has since then been featured in many of the theater’s sets: Crime and Punishment, The Marriage of Figaro, Pygmalion, The Threepenny Opera, The Master and Margerita, among others.

Philip Zandén has been praised for his efforts in directing and acting. In 2002 he received the Thalia Prize for the role of Albert Speer in the play Speer at the Gothenburg City Theatre.

Movies in selection: Mozart Brothers, Amorosa, Freud leaves home, Guest Oskar Suddenly, Van Veeteren-Wallander and Beck movies.

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September 2013.