Swedish bass Mats Almgren began the 2017/18 season with appearances as Simone Gianni Schicchi and Pimen Boris Godunov at Göteborg Opera where he has been a soloist since 1998. Other roles there include Claggart Billy Budd, Basilio Barbiere di Siviglia, König Marke Tristan, Timur Turandot, Boris Ismailov Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Hunding Walküre, Pimen Boris Godunov, Gremin Onegin, Grand Inquisitor Don Carlos, Sarastro Flute, Javert Les Misérables, Ramfis Aida, Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande, Guardiano Forza del Destino, Gurnemanz Parsifal and Sparafucile Rigoletto. Recent guest appearances include Fafner and Hagen in Opera North’s Ring and in concert with Grange Park Opera as König Marke Tristan.
For more than 20 years Mats has received training in the Japanese martial artform Aikido. He enjoys singing jazz and has released a CD with his two brothers who are jazz musicians.