Rickard Söderberg

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Rickard Söderberg
Birth nameJohn Rickard Söderberg,
Born (1975-04-10) 10 April 1975 (age 46)
Origin, Sweden
GenresOpera, Musical
Occupation(s)Singer, Tenor
Rickard Söderberg and Anne Sofie von Otter under Stockholm Pride 2015

John Rickard Söderberg (born 10 April 1975) in , Halland, is a Swedish tenor, singer and debater.

Early life and education[]

Söderberg started as a pianist and had studied playing at the Music College of Gothenburg University. He started his singing career after he began studying opera at Operacademy at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.[1] Even before he had finished his studies he had made opera debuts on stages in Denmark, Sweden and Germany. After this he has continued his opera career at both smaller and bigger operahouses and today sings in Europe, US and Africa.[1]


Söderberg is known for his interpretations of baroque music, Mozart and Wagner, in roles such as Idomeneo, don Ottavio, Lurcanio, Oronte and Loge. Earlier he has also been the lead singer in operas such as Greve Almaviva, Lenskij, Rodolfo and don José.[2]

In 2005 he had the lead role in a modern interpretation of the opera Temistocle by Johann Christian Bach. During the summer of the same year Söderberg made his writing debut at the Drottningholm Palace Theatre as Oronte in the opera Alcina along with Anne Sofie von Otter and Christine Schäffer.[3] In 2007 he had the lead role in L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi and in 2012 the lead role in Orlando by Joseph Haydn.[4]

During 2011 he was part of 's interpretation of Wagner's Ring in the role as Loge.[5] At Malmö Opera, Söderberg has played the role of Idomeneo along with Malena Ernman. He has also had roles in Rucklarens väg, Karmelitsystrarna, Madama Butterfly, Hoffmans äventyr, Trollflöjten, Don Giovanni, Elijah and Let's make an Opera by Benjamin Britten. In 2013 he participated in the TV4 show Körslaget, being the leader of the choir from Halmstad.[6] He finished third in the show.

Söderberg in a duet with Elize Ryd has participated in Melodifestivalen 2015 in hopes of representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria, but their song did not qualify.[7] Söderberg participated in Let's Dance 2016 which was broadcast on TV4.[8]

LGBT activist[]

Söderberg is known for his work on LGBT issues. In the summer of 2013 Söderberg wrote an article where he demanded that the Swedish Embassy in Moscow would raise a rainbow flag during the Stockholm Pride festival.[9] After some pressure on social media Söderberg was invited by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to come to them to discuss the matter.[9]



  • "Although It's Been Said Many Times, Many Ways" (2010)


  • The Perfect Man (2008)
  • Castrato Arias – Uncut Edition (2009)
  • Make the Yuletide Gay (2016)


  1. ^ a b "Rickard Söderberg tystnar inte – trots hot och mobbning!". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Don José byter och blir Carmen – Nöje – Skånskan.se". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Kulturcentralen". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^ Karin Helander-scen@svd.se. "Recension: L´Orfeo – Drottningholms Slottsteater (Opera) – Scen – SvD". SvD.se. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Rhenguldet recenseras". Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Här är körledarna i Körslaget 2013 – Körslaget – med Lottodragningen – tv4.se". tv4.se. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Operastjärnan är klar för schlagern". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Deltagare i Let's dance - tv4.se". tv4.se. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b Sveriges Radio. "Tenoren Rickard Söderberg om att hissa prideflaggan i Moskva: "Bara en fråga om att vilja!"". Retrieved 4 January 2015.

External links[]

Media related to Rickard Söderberg at Wikimedia Commons

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