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Ingvar Wixell

Born into a musical family, Wixell sang and played in a local choir and orchestra (viola). He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, where his principal singing teacher was Dagmar Gustafson, and initially performed in concerts and light entertainment. For the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest he sang all the songs short-listed for Sweden’s entry, before performing the selected number, the Elsewhere Waltz, in the contest itself at Naples.

However, in 1955 Wixell had made his operatic stage debut as Papageno / Die Zauberflöte in a touring production given at the Rikstheater, Stockholm, and joined the Royal Swedish Opera in 1956, making his debut as Silvio / Pagliacci. He remained a member of this company until 1967, afterwards appearing frequently as a guest. When the Royal Swedish Opera gave a short season in 1960 at the Royal Opera House, London, Wixell appeared as Ruggiero / Alcina and Silvio / Un ballo in maschera. He was noticed by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, which invited him to sing Guglielmo / Così fan tutte during its 1962 season. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as the Count / Le nozze di Figaro in 1966, and appeared there until 1969, also singing Don Pizarro / Fidelio.




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