Peter Kajlinger is one of the most sought after baritones in Scandinavia. Known for his outstanding stage presence as well as vocal technique at the operatic stage he is asked for by many of the directors of today.
Born on 2nd December 1964 in Stockholm Kajlinger´s road to opera was quite straightforward. Growing up in a home with musicians, a career in the arts was not something strange. However his acting was something he developed without encouragement from the family. He was accepted as a student at the College of Opera in Stockholm 1989. During his studies he had the opportunity to sing roles such as Moralés (Carmen) and Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Upon graduation 1992 he sang the role of Falstaff by Salieri at The Court Theatre of Drottningholm, Sweden
Further on he performed with Leporello and Figaro which brought him to the attention of Pamela Rosenberg, then casting director of Staatsoper Stuttgart. Rosenberg noticed the talent of Kajlinger and invited him to join the company.
As a member of Staatsoper Stuttgart he sang more than twenty different roles directed by Kusej, Schaaf, Berghaus, Neuenfels, Breth, Wieler among others. He was asked to sing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro at GöteborgsOperan in Sweden 2000.
He became a freelance singer in 2003 and started off with a recital as well as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Michelotto (Die Gezeichneten), Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Staatsoper Stuttgart. The same year he sang the role of Don Carlo (La forza del destino) at SödertäljeOperan in Sweden.
In 2006 Feldkircher Musikfestival commissioned the opera “The secret Agent” by Simon Wills, where Kajlinger created the main character, Verloc.
In the year of 2007 he portrayed Amonasro (Aida) and the following year he performed at Oper der Stadt Bonn in Tjajkovskij´s Pique Dame as Major Domo. Seeking development and knowledge he contacted Mr. Sherrill Milnes which led to his debut as Scarpia (Tosca) 2008, and Rigoletto 2009 at VärmlandsOperan, Sweden. In the summer of 2010 he sang Marcello (La Bohème) at Opera på Skäret in Sweden. In the year of 2012 he portrayed Dr. Treeves in The Elephant Man at Norrlandsoperan. 2013 he made his first Tonio in I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo. His Bartolo (The barber of Seville) garnered praise in media 2014-2015 as well as Pizarro (Fidelio) in the triology directed by Tobias Kratzer. During the season of 2017-2018 he impersonated the Captain (Greek Passion) and Frank (Die Fledermaus) at Wermland Opera.
"Peter Kajlinger has one of his generation's most beautiful baritone voices."
Mogens H Andersson,7 okt 2012, (Kulturbloggen.com)
Frank- Die Fledermaus (Wermland Opera) 2018
Captain- The Greek Passion (Wermland Opera) 2017
Monterone- Rigoletto (Norrlandsoperan) 2015
Pizarro- Fidelio (Wermland Opera) 2014
Bartolo- Le nozze di Figaro (Wermland Opera) 2014
Bartolo- Il barbiere di Siviglia (Wermland opera) 2014
Tonio- I Pagliacci (Estrad Norr) 2013
Scarpia- Tosca "Facsist Javisst" (Operarepubliken) 2012
Dr.Treves- The Elephant Man (Norrlandsoperan) 2012
The Father-Elisa (Estrad Norr) 2011
Marcello-La Bohème (Opera på Skäret) 2010
Rigoletto-Rigoletto (Wermland Opera) 2009
Scarpia- Tosca (Opera på Skäret) 2008
Zlatogor/Major Domo- Pique Dame (Oper Bonn) 2008
Mean Måns- Pelle Svanslös (Estrad Norr) 2007
Amonasro- Aida (Opera på Skäret) 2007
Charles Verloc- Secret Agent (Feldkirch Musikfestival) 2006
Don Carlo- La forza del Destino (Södertälje Operan) 2003
Masetto- Don Giovanni (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2003
Michelotto- Die Gezeichneten (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2002
Antonio- Le nozze di Figaro (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2001
Arcos- Masaniello furioso (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2001
Eustachio- I pazzi per progetto (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2001
Taddeo- L´Italiana in Algeri (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2000
Haly- L´Italiana in Algeri (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2000
Bill- Mahagonny (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2000
Marquis d´Obigny- La Traviata (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 2000
Figaro- Le nozze di Figaro (Göteborgs Operan) 2000
Major Domo- Pique dame (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 1999
Priester- Die Zauberflöte (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 1999
Fiorello- Il barbiere di Siviglia (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 1999
Fidel- Al gran sole (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 1998
Marullo- Rigoletto (Staatsoper Stutttgart) 1998
Figaro- Le nozze di Figaro (Confidencen) 1998
Mästerkatten- Puss´n Boots (Kungliga Operan) 1997
Grimbald/Sylvain- King Arthur (Staatsoper Stuttgart) 1996
William- The house of Usher (Malmö Opera) 1996
Alexander- Blod (Dramatiska Institutet) 1995
Leporello- Don Giovanni (Confidencen) 1995
Gusten- Hemsöborna (Folkoperan) 1994
Schaunard- La Bohème (VärmlandsOperan) 1994
Herr Fluth- Die lustige Weiber (WaxholmsOperan) 1993
Falstaff- Falstaff (Drottningholmsteatern) 1992
Dancairo- Carmen (Operahögskolan) 1992
Alidoro- La Cenerentola (Operahögskolan) 1992
Dr. Blind- Die Fledermaus (Operahögskolan) 1991
Buff- Der Schauspieldirektor (Confidencen) 1991
Papageno- Die Zauberflöte (Operahögskolan) 1990
Jupither- La Proserpine (Operahögskolan) 1990
Elviro- Xerxes (Operahögskolan) 1989
Moralés- Carmen (Kungliga Operan) 1989
Leporello- Don Giovanni (Kungliga Operan) 1989
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"In The Barber is for example the old man's sick Doctor Bartolo so sympathetically portrayed by Peter Kajlinger (worth an own review) (...)"
Gunilla Brodrej, 10 nov 2014 (Expressen Kultur)