Biography

For nearly two decades, the Swedish tenor Leif Aruhn-Solén has been a sought after singer on the world’s concert- and opera stages. His tenor voice with ease for coloraturas, combined with a beautiful timbre and fine interpretations, have rendered him collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned baroque ensembles and symphony orchestras. Likewise, his opera engagements have taken him to opera houses around the globe.

Leif Aruhn-Solén has a passion for the baroque music. He is often heard in the demanding Evangelist parts of Bach’s Passions, in Handel’s tenor compositions and in the haute-contre parts of the French baroque music. With his knowledge of the various performance practices of music from different centuries, he has also had success in roles by Haydn, Mozart, Rossini and contemporary composers.

Leif Aruhn-Solén started his vocal performance studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm followed by studies at Oberlin College in Ohio - USA, where he graduated from the Artist Diploma program in 2001. While still being a student, he performed as a soloist with prestigious orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Herbert Böck), the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Arnold Östman) and Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Eric Ericsson). Immediately upon graduation, he was contracted to sing with Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), The New Israeli Opera (Christoph Spering) and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Lim Yau), which was followed by opera engagements at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra National de Montpellier, the Royal Opera in Stockholm and orchestral engagements with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester and Concert Spirituel. The list of orchestras and opera houses where Leif Aruhn-Solén has performed has since grown to include appearances in over 30 countries.

Leif’s recent opera engagements include Rinaldo in Haydn’s ARMIDA with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney (Antony Walker) and Gandhi in Philip Glass’ SATYAGRAHA at Folkoperan in Stockholm (Matthew Wood), both in 2016. In 2017 Leif returned to sing Gandhi both at Folkoperan in Stockholm and on tour. In 2018, further performances in that role will take him to Stockholm, Copenhagen and New York. Future concert engagements include tenor solos in Bach Cantatas with renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki and the tenor solo in Handel’s MESSIAH with the San Francisco Symphony (Ragnar Bohlin).

CD recordings with Leif Aruhn-Solén include HANDEL ARIAS (Edition Lilac), the two complete operas IFIGENIA IN AULIDE by Martín y Soler and AMINTA, IL RÈ PASTORE by Mazzoni (Harmonia Mundi K617), Charpentiers JUDICIUM SALOMONIS (Virgin Classics) and SONGS OF THE HEART (Sterling).