(May 7, 1931 - 15th October 2011)
Ingvar Wixell or Ingvar Vixell (as it is sometimes spelled) was a Swedish bass baritone.
Ingvar Wixell made his debut in 1955 as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
He made his British debut in Covent Garden in 1960, and sang Gugliemo at Glyndebourne and at the Proms in 1962.
He sang Simon Boccanegra in London in 1972 and in the USA he appeared at San Francisco Opera in 1972, and at the Metropolitan Opera he performed Rigoletto in 1973.
Among other roles, he has sung Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Amonasro in Verdi's Aïda, Baron Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, and the title roles in Verdi's Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Verdi's Falstaff and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
He also starred in the Zefferelli film of Rigoletto with Edita Gruberova and Luciano Pavarotti.
Ingvar Wixell ended his career in 2003 by singing the role of the Music teacher in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at Malmö Opera.
Ingvar Wixell (sometimes spelled as Vixell) was truly one of the great bass-baritones of the 20th Century. Thanks to technology both recording and film, some of his legendary performances can still be enjoyed today.
He is pictured here in one of his signature roles...Rigoletto.
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