Per Grundén

23 May 1922 Eskilstuna – 6 February 2011 Trosa

Per Grundén sings Das Land des Lächelns: Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt?, with Elisabeth Söderström

He studied voice at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm (among others with Joseph Hislop) and made his debut in 1945 at the Stora Teatern in Göteborg, as Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess.

He stayed in Göteborg until 1949, then he joined the Oscar Teatern in Stockholm, an operetta theater; but he sang also at the Royal Opera House as a guest, both in operetta and in lyrical operatic roles.

In June 1953, he made his debut at the Vienna Volksoper as Symon (Bettelstudent); he was to stay for ten years, singing a lot of operetta (Danilo, Armand Brissard in Der Graf von Luxemburg, Pâris, Barinkay, Guido in Eine Nacht in Venedig, Graf René in Fall's Madame Pompadour, both Orlofsky and Alfred, Orphé, Zarewitsch, Mister X, Raoul in La vie parisienne, and above all Sou-Chong), but also some opera (Max, Fra Diavolo). Guest appearances (most often as Danilo) in Hamburg, Munich, Malmö and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

From the mid-1960s, Grundén switched to buffo parts at several Stockholm operetta theaters, and appeared as a drama and film actor in Sweden.

Reference 1: radio feature on Grundén (Ö1, 2022); reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens
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