Biography

Joa Helgesson will make his Wagner, role and house debut as Kurwenal in Tristan & Isolde at Folkoperan in Stockholm in October 2020!

The critically acclaimed contemporary opera “Kärleksmaskinen”, where Joa played the part of the sex-robot Ion, will be revived in the Autumn of 2020 with Piteå Chamber Opera and NEO.

In December 2020, Joa Helgesson joins Opéra sur Tréteaux in the role of Don Quichotte, in the revival of the experimental piece “Gesucht Dulzinea” in Berlin.

Due to the Corona-outbreak during the season 2019/2020, the production of Don Giovanni at Norrlandsoperan, where Helgesson sings the title role, will be revived in Spring 2021. La Boheme at Dala-Floda Operafest, where Helgesson sings Marcello, will be postponed until Summer 2021.

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 around 50 different parts on stage, in a variety of styles ranging from barock operas to world premieres. Notable interpretations include Barbiere, Don Giovanni, Onegin, Billy Budd, Escamillo, Phantom, and Enrico. (For extensive repertoire list of operas click HERE)

Joa Helgesson has sung at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Berliner Philharmonie, Markgräfliches Opernhaus im Rahmen der Bayreuther Festspiele, Göteborgsoperan, Norrlandsoperan, 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 designs unique performances to challenge the boundaries of opera and classical singing, under the moniker Opera Beast.
He works closely with the Body Suspension community, developing unconventional fakir/opera-performances.
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 joined the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden, where he appeared 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)

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