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, has 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 the title role in Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO with Göteborg Baroque in 2018, a role that he will recreate in collaboration with Andrew Lawrence King during the fall of 2019. Leif has also had great success as Gandhi in Philip Glass’ SATYAGRAHA at Folkoperan in Stockholm (Matthew Wood). He has  performed the role nearly 50 times over three seasons, including acclaimed appearances at BAM in New York in attendance of the composer himself in late 2018.

In December 2018, Leif was ranked #5 on the OPUS Magazine list of the top 20 Swedish ”musicians, composers, organizations or teams that made a difference during the past year of music. They have won, renewed, improved or simply just been senselessly good”.

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).