The Norwegian bass Ketil Hugaas studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, graduating in the spring of 1996. Since then Ketil Hugaas has established himself one of Scandinavia’s most versatile and sought after basses.
2000-2008 Ketil Hugaas was a member of the Royal Swedish Opera where his roles included Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, König Henrich in Lohengrin, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, La Roche in Capriccio, Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Doctor in Wozzeck, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’Amore, Monterone in Rigoletto, Colline in La Bohème, Sacristan in Tosca, and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly.
During this period he also appeared at the Norwegian National Opera as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’Amore, the four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Timur in Turandot, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Bad Thief and Herod in Kjetil Hvosleff’s Barabas, and Ol-Kanelsa in the world premier of Gisle Kverndokk’s The Fourth Watch of the Night.
In the 2008/09 season he joined the soloist ensemble at the Norwegian National Opera where his roles include the title role in Don Pasquale, Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Jim Larkens in La Fanciulla del West, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Schigolch in Lulu, Swallow in Peter Grimes, Frank in Die Fledermaus and one of the main parts in the world premiere of Around the World in 80 days.
Other recent engagements have included Schigolch in Lulu at the Semperoper Dresden, Colline in La Bohème at the Finnish National Opera, Ol-Kanelsa in Gisle Kverndokk’s The Fourth Watch of the Night at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the title role in Bluebeards Castle, Leporello in Don Giovanni and Bass in Henrik Hellstenius' Sera with Opera West, Norway, Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer as well as Gremin in Eugene Onegin with the New Opera in Bergen, Norway, Dr P in Michael Nyman’s The man who mistook his wife for a hat in London and at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Méphistophélès in Faust with the Ringsaker Opera, Ramfis in Aida at Nordland Music Festival, and the title role in Henning Sommerro’s Olav Engelbrektsson at Steinvikholm Opera.
Ketil Hugaas is also a much sought after concert singer. He has sung works such as Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B minor, Magnificat and several Cantatas, Händel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, Mendelsohn’s Paulus, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony nr. 9, Monteverdi’s Vespers della beata Vergine (Mariavespers), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and several Cantatas by Schütz.
In the 2013/14 season he sang Nekrotzar in Le Grand Macabre at the Royal Danish Opera, and Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer as well as Nekrotzar in Le Grand Macabre at the Norwegian National Opera.
Assignments in the current and upcoming season include Luther and Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival, Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Zuniga in Carmen, The Mountain King, Eberkopf and Begriffenfeldt in the world premiere of J. Reinvere's Peer Gynt at the Norwegian National Opera.