Simon Edwardsen

26 October 1892 Fredrikstad – 25 July 1979 Stockholm

with Folke Jonsson and Joel Berglund
with Jussi Björling (performance of Paumgartner's Rossini in Neapel)
Edwardsen studied with Poul Bang in Copenhagen (1915–19).

He made his debut at the Oslo Opéra comique in 1919.

In 1927, he made his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as José.

He sang at the: Opéra comique Oslo (1919–21), Mayol Theater Oslo (1922–24), Göteborg Stora (1925–27), Stockholm Royal Opera (1927–50), Reykjavik Icelandic Opera (1951–55), Helsinki FNO (1953/54), Stockholm Riksteater (1960/61), ...

He was also a stage director/producer at the Stockholm Royal Opera and the Göteborg Stora.

His repertory included Riccardo, Cavaradossi, Canio, Radames, Alfredo, Turiddu, Florestan, des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Tamino, Ubma (Arnljot by Peterson-Berger), Pedrillo, Monostatos, Gösta Berling (I cavalieri di Ekebù by Zandonai), Mime, Loge, Paris, Paganini, ...

He recorded for Columbia (Oslo), and HMV (including Gösta Berling's aria).

Reference: Richard T. Soper Nordic voices, Manchester Center (Vermont), 2010

Simon Edwardsen sings Die Zauberflöte: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, in Swedish
1939 live
I wish to thank my friend Daniele Godor for the pictures and recording.

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