Ragnar Ulfung

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Ragnar Ulfung as Jeník in The Bartered Bride 1957.

Ragnar Sigurd Ulfung (born February 28, 1927) is a Norwegian operatic tenor. Described in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "a brilliant actor with an incisive voice", he was particularly known for his portrayals of Herod (Salome) and Mime (Der Ring des Nibelungen).[1] He is also an opera director. Amongst the productions he has directed was a complete Ring cycle for the Seattle Opera.

Ulfung was born in Oslo and studied there and in Milan before making his debut in Let's Make an Opera (Oslo, 1950). He made a successful debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1958 as Canio in I Pagliacci and remained a member of the company until 1984. However, he also made guest appearances abroad. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on December 12, 1972 as Mime in Siegfried and went on to sing 93 performances there between 1972 and 1993.[2] In 1975 he appeared in Ingmar Bergman's celebrated film of Mozart's The Magic Flute in the role of Monostatos. He was appointed Hovsångare in 1976.

In 2015, Ulfung at age 88 sang Altoum in Turandot at Dalhalla with i.a. Nina Stemme and Lars Cleveman.[3]


  1. ^ Blyth (2001) p. 60
  2. ^ Metropolitan Opera
  3. ^ "Turandot" (in Northern Sami). Dalhalla. Retrieved 25 October 2014.


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