Staffan Liljas

Staffan is a Swedish bass who performs in operas and concerts. He is currently performing a critically praised Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis & Galatea at the Confidencen baroque theatre in Stockholm. Earlier this spring, he performed his first Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Labopéra D’Alsace.

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Reviews of Staffan Liljas in Händels "Acis & Galatea"

Bo Löfvendahl in Svenska Dagbladet writes in “Two hours of pure joy – absolutely world class”

“This is a performance at the highest level musically – two hours of pure joy. Everything is steered with driving energy and light touch by Olof Boman, who under the name Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Orchestra has gathered a dozen of Swedens best baroque musicians.”

“With his fine phrasing, Staffan Liljas binds together the wild melodic jumps of his Polyphemos and gives the evil villain human sensibilities.”

Loretta Villalobos in Expressen writes in “A trip worth the trouble when Confidencen performs Händel”

“If you look apart from the beautiful scene changes of the rococo theatre and the imaginative costumes, in the end this performance is a feast of song and music all the way – not least thanks to the well balanced precision with which Olof Boman leads the Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Orchestra.”

“Staffan Liljas as Polyphemus is the only one who produces real acting, and where it might have devolved into flamboyant evil, it remains on course due to his stage presence.”

Björn Gustavsson in Dalarnas Tidningar writes in “Distanced staging and clarity – Händel in two premieres”

“It is a staging of the rare type where everything works and where you notice how everyone, both on stage and in the orchestra, are driven by a common inspiration. The performance of about two hours is simply put hauntingly good: a shimmering water color filled with clarity, precision and luster.”

“The jealous Polyphemus (bass Staffan Liljas, here better than ever) becomes a Scarpia-like prince of darkness and kills his rival.”

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