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Tobias Ringborg


  • in the pit, Tobias Ringborg and the Scottish Opera Orchestra pay scintillating attention to the score, holding the tension on a tight rein, and whipping up a real storm
    Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times
  • Directed from the fortepiano by Tobias Ringborg, the orchestral playing is bold and imaginatively coloured
    Anna Picard, Independent of Sunday
  • Most of the drama comes from the pit, thanks to Tobias Ringborg's big-boned musical approach.
    Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
  • Tobias Ringborg has established himself on the concert platform as conductor and violinist, as in the opera house. His career started in 1994 when he won the prestigious Soloist Prize in Sweden. The same year he graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and his violin studies continued at the Juilliard School in New York. He has appeared with every Swedish and several of the Scandinavian orchestras, both as soloist and conductor.

    As an operatic conductor he made his debut in 2001 at the Stockholm Folkoperan and has since then been closely associated with the Royal Swedish Opera. He has also conducted productions at Malmö Opera, the Norwegian Opera, the Danish National Opera and Oper Leipzig. In 2005, he made his London debut with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican.

    In recent seasons Tobias Ringborg has conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the 2011 Nobel Prize Ceremony, Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera and Scottish Opera, La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Macbeth at Opera North, Idomeneo in Malmö, Turandot and L’elisir d’amore in Gothenburg, Turandot at the Royal Swedish Opera, Die Fledermaus in Oslo, and Madama Butterfly at New Zealand Opera.

    During the 2014-2015 season he conducted Rossini’s Le comte Ory at Malmö Opera, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Norrlandsoperan and Verdi’s Il trovatore at Scottish Opera, as well as concerts and recordings with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of Opera North, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Dalasinfoniettan, where in 2015 he finishes a three-year term as Principal conductor.
    The 2015/16 season holds a.o. Turandot at Dalhalla, Tosca at New Zealand Opera, L’elisir d’amore at Opera North and Idomeneo at Garsington Opera.

    In 2010 Tobias Ringborg was awarded the Herbert Blomstedt Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and in 2011 he was elected a member of that academy (founded in 1771 by King Gustavus III)

    • Tosca
      New Zealand Opera (September 2015)

      You will be spellbound from Puccini's dramatic opening chords, delivered by a magnificent Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, under a conductor, Tobias Ringborg, who knows how to make the music bloom.
      William Dart, NZ Herald
      What really made the evening compelling was the spellbinding musical direction of Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg. Here is a musician who completely understands Puccini’s music; when to move forward to avoid any sentimentality-filled wallowing and when to pull back to create a mesmeric moment. He created plenty of tension to go with that on stage, but also delivered superbly controlled rubato. Line was always paramount, making each new musical episode seem logically born out of the previous. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra followed their conductor’s lead with maximum flexibility. Special attention should be called to the gloriously soaring string tone doubling the voices in the love duet and the plaintive wind solos so atmospheric in the opening of the last act. It is fantastic to hear the orchestra as an equal dramatic player in its own right, here matching the stellar contributions of those on stage.permeating out from the thuribles.
      Simon Holden, Bachtrack
      In the pit Tobias Ringborg and the Auckland Philharmonia gave a powerfully dramatic performance of the score that served both the singers and the work well, while the chorus contributed strongly particularly with their powerful and chilling rendition of the ‘Te Deum’ at the end of Act 1.
      Michael Sinclair, The Opera Critic
      The APO delivers magnificent committed playing, with a thrilling dynamic range under the faultless direction of Tobias Ringborg. The pianissimo, the vibrant string playing and the full throated roar of brass and percussion is never less than spot on.
      Penny Dodd, Theatre Review
      Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg knows every word and every note of this opera and conducts the Auckland Philharmonia with immense energy from the pit.
      Takeshi Ito, Stuff
      The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Tobias Ringborg was wonderfully polished and clear.
      Sam Jury, Broadway World
    • Turandot
      Dalhalla Opera (August 2015)

      ... a musically ... magnificent performance [by the cast] as well as the sonorous and well disciplined chorus, all under Tobias Ringborg's fiery command.
      Av Lars Sjöberg, Expressen
      The orchestra, Dalasinfoniettan combined with Gävle Symfoniorkester, sounds fine under Tobias Ringborg.
      Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet
      The combined orchestras of Dalasinfoniettan and Gävle Symfoniorkester sounded exquisitely well. Tobias Ringborg conducts a grand and revolutionarily dramatic Puccini, without ever becoming contrived - fully in tune with the production's magnificent visuals.
      Av Bo Löfvendahl, Svenska Dagbladet
    • Il Trovatore
      Scottish Opera (May 2015)

      Scottish Opera ended its 2014-15 season on a high with this solidly cast, superbly conducted revival. The transformative agent was Tobias Ringborg… Ringborg has two essentials for a Verdi conductor: temperament and style. The former was evident from the vitality he drew from the very first choral tableau, and his knack of drawing the threads of a scene into a natural, powerful climax; the latter in his sensitive, never manicured phrasing of the aria accompaniments, always giving his singers the right support and allowing the music to breathe. Verdi’s instrumental voicing pulsated under his care…The immaculately tuned succession of chords at the start of the prison scene was another pleasurable detail. Ringborg is the most inspiring Verdi conductor I’ve heard since Richard Armstrong; I can’t think of higher praise.
      Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine
      With the conductor, Tobias Ringborg, encouraging razor-sharp rhythms and tubby, ominous bass lines from the orchestra and the chorus delivering stonking denunciations of everyone, this is true Verdian music-making.
      Richard Morrison, The Times ****
      In the pit, Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg elicits a renewed sense of purpose from the Scottish Opera Orchestra. There is fire in their belly, tempered nonetheless by Ringborg’s insistence on clarity of texture and energised, but disciplined, pacing. He reacts instinctively to the nuances of the singers, without allowing the momentum to falter.
      Ken Walton, The Scotsman ****
      Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg keeps the orchestra crisp and the pacing neat...
      Kate Molleson, The Guardian
      ... the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conducted by Tobias Ringborg, plays as well as it has all season. ... Ringborg subsequently achieved a near-perfect balance between pit and stage.
      Keith Bruce, Herald Scotland ****
      Under the brisk baton of Tobias Ringborg the Orchestra of Scottish Opera sound full blooded throughout.
      Lauren Humphreys, The Public Reviews ****
      This is also a distinguished night for the company’s orchestra and chorus, both of them providing taut music-making and unstoppable dramatic momentum. Much of the credit goes to Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg, who pushes the score along as if he had real fire and brimstone in his veins.
      George Hall, The Stage ****
      Down in the pit, Tobias Ringborg was managing to get the most sensitive playing out of the orchestra that has been heard in the Theatre Royal all year. Consistently quite reserved tempi allowed the singers the chance to shine and there was a wonderful (and in Glasgow, rarely achieved) balance between the pit and the stage. At just one moment in the third act did it seem that there was the danger of everything going out of kilter but this was soon rectified. Musically this production was something of a triumph.
      Kelvin Holdsworth, Opera Britannica ****
    • Madama Butterfly
      New Zealand Opera (April 2013)

      This music would be much less without the contribution of Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor Tobias Ringborg showing why he claims Puccini to be his musical god. Strings soar and, in the starker moments, details compel.
      William Dart, The New Zealand Herald
      The whole show was steered expertly and unsentimentally by Tobias Ringborg.
      Douglas Elliot, The Opera Critic
      The Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg was persuasively re-creative... Ringborg kept up the pace without rushing the singers, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra maintained the very good form it has shown in recent years.
      Nicholas Tarling, Opera Magazine
    • Don Giovanni
      Opera North

      Most of the drama comes from the pit, thanks to Tobias Ringborg's big-boned musical approach.
      Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
      For a sense of drama, the performance depends on Tobias Ringborg's conducting; his flexible tempi bring welcome life to the stage.
      Andrew Clark, Financial Times
      Tobias Ringborg conducts an appropriately energised account of the score.
      Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
      The Opera North orchestra plays thrillingly for Tobias Ringborg.
      Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
      Conductor Tobias Ringborg drew intense playing from the Opera North orchestra.
      Opera Now
      Tobias Ringborg conducted with a palpable sense of purpose and kept the orchestra on its toes.
      Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine
    • Rigoletto
      Scottish Opera

      ...conducted by Tobias Ringborg, this is a more gripping and surprising Rigoletto than any I can remember. The visual aesthetic - bright single-colour costumes against a black background, perfectly lit...finds an echo in Ringborg's taut, extremely stylish conducting: he is a find. Ringborg ensures that everyone, including the chorus, sounds well schooled.
      Andrew Clark, Financial Times
      Down in the pit, Tobias Ringborg and the Scottish Opera Orchestra pay scintillating attention to the score, holding the tension on a tight rein, and whipping up a real storm. The duets soar and the penultimate scene crackles...with lightning, both visually and in the pit.
      Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times
      And honours go to the precise and stylish conducting of Tobias Ringborg, who has musicianship coming from every pore, while the orchestra played its socks off for him.
      Michael Tumelty, The Herald
      Tobias Ringborg drives the house band through Verdi's stormy score with pace and panache...
      Keith Aitken, Scottish Daily Express
    • Cosi fan tutte
      Scottish Opera

      What really sets this production apart, though, is the explosive tonal world explored by the Scottish Opera Orchestra. Directing from the fortepiano, Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg draws unfathomed richness and passion from Mozart's meaty score. Like everything else in this probing production, fresh ideas abound.
      Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman
      Tobias Ringborg’s brilliant conducting – full of arresting voices, tempo choices and dynamic inflexions that make you feel the ink could still be drying on Mozart’s score.
      Andrew Clark, Financial Times
      Directed from the fortepiano by Tobias Ringborg, the orchestral playing is bold and imaginatively coloured, with a wild overture, consistently excellent work from the bassoons, spiky strings, pleasingly dry kettledrums, a languid, velvety pianissimo in Prieto's "Un aura amorosa", and a lovely clarinet solo in Noorduyn's "Per pietà". Cupid's nose may be bloodied by the end but this is an alluring and perceptive production.
      Anna Picard, Independent of Sunday
  • Tobias Ringborg Opera Repertoire

    • Carmen
    • L'Elisir d'amore
    DU PUY
    • Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and Folly)
    • Cristina di Svezia
    • Faust
    • Roméo et Juliette
    • Pagliacci
    • La Clemenza di Tito
    • Così fan tutte
    • Don Giovanni
    • Idomeneo, Re di Creta
    • Die Zauberflöte
    • Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    • La Bohème
    • La Fanciulla del West
    • Manon Lescaut
    • Il Tabarro
    • Tosca
    • Turandot
    • Nätverket
    • The Bartered Bride
    • Ariadne auf Naxos
    • Eugene Onegin
    • Loranga, Masarin och Dartanjang
    • Don Carlo
    • Otello
    • Rigoletto
    • La Traviata
    • Il Trovatore
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