Tenor Leif Aruhn-Solén has been a sought-after singer on the world’s concert and opera stages for more than two decades. Often heard in the Evangelist parts of Bach’s Passions and in Handel’s tenor compositions, he has also had success in lead roles in Baroque operas and works by Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, and contemporary composers.
Mr. Aruhn-Solén began his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, followed by studies at Oberlin College, where he graduated from the artist diploma program in 2001. While still a student, he performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, and Malmö Symphony. Upon graduation, he was engaged to sing with Les Arts Florissants, New Israeli Opera, and Singapore Symphony, followed by opera performances at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra National de Montpellier, and Royal Opera in Stockholm, as well as orchestral engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Concert Spirituel. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in December 2017.
His extensive discography includes Bach: Tenor arias (Nilento), Handel Arias (Edition Lilac), Ifigenia in Aulide by Martín y Soler and Il ré pastore by Mazzoni (Harmonia Mundi), Charpentier’s Judicium Salomonis (Virgin Classics), and Songs of the Heart (Sterling).