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Tobias Ringborg

Conductor

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    In 2015/16, performances included Turandot at Dalhalla, Tosca at New Zealand Opera, L’elisir d’amore at Opera North and Idomeneo at Garsington Opera.

    This season’s highlights include I Puritani at Danish National Opera, where he also conducts a series of concerts to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, Le nozze di Figaro at Scottish Opera, Aniara for Malmö Opera, and Giordano’s Fedora at Royal Swedish 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).

    • Idomeneo
      Garsington Opera (June 2016)

      Streamlined by well-judged cuts, conductor Tobias Ringborg’s reading was emotionally intense. The orchestra was excellent, its ensemble tightly controlled, the sound country-house deluxe; the chorus supplied vast reserves of energy.
      Flora Willson, The Guardian (4 stars)
      Tobias Ringborg conducts a practical edition ... with electrifying momentum. A magnificent realisation of one of the greatest of serious operas.
      Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
      In the pit the orchestral thunderstorms thundered and raged, Tobias Ringborg an expert hand at the helm...
      Rebecca Franks, The Times (4 stars)
      There was no doubting the conductor’s living and breathing the music. His enthusiasm was infectious; the orchestra’s vivid response ... was not the least of the evening’s special qualities.
      Mark Berry, Boulezian & Opera Today
      Heavily cut for a summer audience, Mozart's long opera comes in at under two and a half hours of music... But what riches remain, and how fabulously the cast and chorus sing under Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg. ... the stylish, ever sensitive Ringborg.
      Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage (4 stars)
      The terrific chorus and orchestra are impressive under Tobias Ringborg, a newcomer to the Garsington family.
      Claudia Pritchard, CultureWhisper (5*)
      Tobias Ringborg, making his Garsington debut, directed the orchestra from the fortepiano. He is most definitely a singers’ conductor, and the playing on this occasion was of a chamber music quality ... The grand, elemental effusions were well managed. The cast, production team and orchestra were given a rapturous ovation, and rightly so.
      Melanie Eskenazi, musicOMH (4.5*)
      There is orchestral authority, too, from conductor Tobias Ringborg in the very first bars, with dotted rhythms tense and commanding before a swing into a lightning-flash seascape. ... Ringborg does emphasise the through-composition of the drama, amazing for 1781...
      David Nice, The Arts Desk
      ... the orchestra responds to conductor Tobias Ringborg’s flexible approach with a notable sense of historically informed style.
      George Hall, The Stage (4 stars)
      The orchestra plays magnificently under the direction of Garsington newcomer Tobias Ringborg.
      Tim Hughes, Oxford Times
      Mr Ringborg gets an urgent, wholly committed performance from his orchestra of Mozart’s music.
      Paul Levy, Arts Journal
    • L’elisir d’amore
      Opera North (February 2016)

      Tobias Ringborg’s conducting is fresh, fizzy and vibrant enough to suggest that those Vespas still have plenty of miles on the clock yet.
      Alfred Hickling, The Guardian ****
      The Opera North Orchestra is appropriately agile and sensitive, capturing the effervescence of the music under conductor Tobias Ringborg. This is a production which still bubbles with life, in spite of its age.
      Richard Wilcocks, bachtrack ****
      Finally, conductor Tobias Ringborg ensured the orchestra provided an overall sense of drive throughout as well as holding the whole performance together with musical precision.
      John Leeman, Seen and Heard International
      Conductor Tobias Ringborg keeps a light touch whilst exercising perfect control over the many animated ensembles.
      Ronald Simpson, Huddersfield Examiner *****
      ... the pep of Opera North’s orchestra, conducted with dash and precision by Tobias Ringborg, who is Swedish.
      Geoff Brown, The Times
      Not only the solo arias, but the ensemble pieces are balanced beautifully with conductor Tobias Ringborg’s deft orchestral accompaniment from the pit and Opera North’s chorus skilfully contribute to the spectacle by their individual vignettes and glorious collective sound.
      Tom Tollett, The State of the Arts
      Music from the pit, under baton of Tobias Ringborg, was perfectly wedded with action on the stage.
      Gavin Engelbrecht, North Yorkshire Advisor
      Swedish conductor Tobias Ringborg returns to Opera North, where he has recently conducted performances of Puccini’s La bohème (2010), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2012) and Verdi’s Macbeth (2014), and provides an absolutely awesome backing to this scintillating and sensational show.
      Rich Jevons, The Reviews Hub
    • Concert
      Orchestra of Opera North (February 2016)

      Ringborg vividly brought out the dramatic contrasts within [Tchaikovsky’sFantasy-Overture: Romeo and Juliet]. Equally powerful, in the second half, was his intense treatment of the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, the composer’s own concert version of the overture and Isolde’s Act 3 aria that bookend an opera devoted to the transfiguring power of love.
      Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub
    • 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

    BIZET
    • Carmen
    DONIZETTI
    • L'Elisir d'amore
    DU PUY
    • Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and Folly)
    FORONI
    • Cristina di Svezia
    GOUNOD
    • Faust
    • Roméo et Juliette
    LEONCAVALLO
    • Pagliacci
    MOZART
    • La Clemenza di Tito
    • Così fan tutte
    • Don Giovanni
    • Idomeneo, Re di Creta
    • Die Zauberflöte
    ROSSINI
    • Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    PUCCINI
    • La Bohème
    • La Fanciulla del West
    • Manon Lescaut
    • Il Tabarro
    • Tosca
    • Turandot
    SD SANDSTROM
    • Nätverket
    SMETANA
    • The Bartered Bride
    R STRAUSS
    • Ariadne auf Naxos
    TCHAIKOVSKY
    • Eugene Onegin
    UNANDER-SCHARIN
    • Loranga, Masarin och Dartanjang
    VERDI
    • Don Carlo
    • Otello
    • Rigoletto
    • La Traviata
    • Il Trovatore
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