Biography

Simon Petersson

Tenor, Simon Petersson is an opera singer/musical artist and composer from Sweden. Simon has always loved being on stage and enjoys telling stories and expressing emotions
with the human voice. His interest in opera and musicals began when he had the opportunity to perform in local musical productions in his hometown of Karlskrona, Sweden. When Simon turned nineteen, his interest in opera grew when he began listening to the great Swedish tenors, Jussi Björling and Nicolai Gedda. After one year of studying classical singing and opera in the north of Sweden at Härnösands Folk high school, Simon continued his studies at the University of Gothenburg where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Opera in 2011. 

 

In 2011 Simon was hired by Svenska Teatern in Helsinki Finland for the musical ”Kristina from Duvemåla,” a Swedish musical by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Lars Rudolfsson. Simon played the part of the “navigate officer” and appeared in several small roles as a member of the cast ensemble. As a cover, Simon starred in thirteen performances as a lead in the part of ”Robert”. The musical ran for one and a half years and included 190 sold-out performances.

Simon earned his Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2016 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He got to perform with Piedmont Opera, Winston Salem Symphony NC, and UC Berkley Symphony Orchestra. Performance roles include Fadinard in "Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze" Borsa in "Rigoletto" Monostatos in "Die Zauberflöte", Nika Magadoff in "The Consul", Alfred in "Die Fledermaus", 1st commissioner in Dialogues of Carmelites", " Tenor Soloist in Lobgesang"    

 

Simon is also an aspiring composer and in 2014 finished his first large piece, “Havets Sånger” (Songs of the Sea) which includes ten songs.  The song cycle was performed in a collaborative exhibition with the American visual artist Lana Stephens.  The exhibition premiered at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in VA and moved on to The Swedish American Museum in Chicago IL.

Simon is working as a full-time chorus member at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden since 2016.