Swedish baritone Joa Helgesson grew up in Blackeberg, Stockholm. He went to choir school as a boy, formed his first death metal-band at the age of 12, went on to sing and play bass in several bands and compose music at Rytmus/high school. A composition collaboration with schools from New York and Shanghai under the tutorship and baton of Quincy Jones brought him to China. He studied acting at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China, started his classical vocal training at the chamber music programme of MDH/Sweden, and finished his studies at the University College of Opera in Stockholm.

As a promising young singer, Joa Helgesson was accepted at the National Opera Studio in London and subsequently at the Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich where he worked under conductors Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Nello Santi, and Ingo Metzmacher, and was the cover for Thomas Hampson in Verdi’s “I Masnadieri.”

Joa Helgesson has performed over 40 different parts on stage, in a variety of styles ranging from barock operas to world premieres. Notable interpretations include Barbiere, Onegin, Billy Budd, Escamillo, Joel, and Enrico. He worked with renown directors like Mats Ek, Peter Stein, Peter Konwitschny, Patrice Caurier/Moshe Leiser, John Copley and Sven-Eric Bechtolf. (For extensive repertoire list of operas click HERE)

His interpretation skills have also made him a highly appreciated concert singer with appearances worldwide. He has sung at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Berliner Philharmonie, Göteborgsoperan, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm Concert Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Opern Halle, Gare du Nord Basel, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Oslo Ultima Festival, and more. He was also the house baritone of Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein between 2012 and 2015. (For concert repertoire, click HERE)

Based in Berlin, Joa Helgesson works closely with the Body Suspension community, developing unconventional fakir/opera-performances together with Santa Sangre Body Rituals. Along with his partner, Dr. Anna Zakrisson, he also mixes science and opera into unexpected performances. (To read more about the performances, click HERE)

In 2017-2019, Joa Helgesson joins the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden, where he appears in “The Phantom of the Opera” as The Phantom, and as Dom Claude Frollo in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame“. (For musical repertoire, click HERE)

In Fall 2019, Joa Helgesson will join Piteå Chamberopera, in the world premiere of the opera “Kärleksmaskinen”, where he plays the part of the sex-robot Ion.


Don’t miss the podcast Doctor Anna’s Imaginarium where Joa Helgesson is co-host next to Dr. Anna Zakrisson: “Crushing alternative facts and misinformation”. Available over iTunes, Outcast, Tuneln, and other major podcast directories.

©Joa Helgesson, 2018