Born in Sweden, Håkan Vramsmo graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London in 2001 with distinction and immediately went on to sing at the opening night of the BBC Proms.
Håkan has performed extensively on the concert platform, appearing at major venues and festivals throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, Barcelona, Stuttgart Liederhalle, Sibeliusacademin, Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Newbury with Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Gary Matthewman, Roger Vignoles, Llyr Williams and Andrew West at the piano.
He has also appeared with the Hebridies Esemble, Carducci Quartet, Gabrieli Consort, Sharoun Ensemble (Berliner Philharmonier), BBC Symphony, Jerusalem, City of Birmingham, Bournemouth, English chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw, Gothenburg, and Malmö Symphony Orchestras conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Paul McCreech, Leonard Slatkin, Sir David Willcocks and Leon Botstein and recorded for BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio and Television.
Håkan is currently singing Pascoe in Huw Watkins’ new opera, In a Locked Room, a collaboration between Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales.
Most recently Håkan has returned to the Isle of Wight, Kelso Music society and Dublin performing Schubert’s Winterreise and to L’Heures Romantiques (France) performing Elijah as well as the BBC Proms, Lyckå, St Magnus, Nünberg, Schriermonikoog and Wroclav Festivals.
He has also recorded songs by Finzi, Barber and Schubert for BBC and Private Joe by Panufnic for Polish radio/Television and Elisabeth Maconchy’s opera The Departure for Chandos Records.
His operatic roles has included Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Valentin and Belcore (Faust resp.L’Elisire D’amore), Sancho Panza (Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho), High Priest (Samson & Delila), Eugene Onegin, Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Il Conte (Nozze di Figaro) Don Giovanni, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Schaunard and Marcello (La Bohème), Escamillio (Carmen), Ernesto (Il mondo della luna), Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Sir Peter Maxwell Davis’ Le Jongleur de Notre Dame.
He created the role of Axel in Anna Meredith’s Tarantula in Petrol Blue and Carl in Coleridge Taylor’s Thelma.
Visit Hakan’s website here.