”The strongest impressions among the men left the Swedish Bass Johan Schinkler as impressive muscleman Hunding." (Der Neue Merker)
Johan Schinkler studied at the University College of Opera in Stockholm and has, since then, established himself as a sought after bass singer and actor. He has performed at all the major opera houses in Sweden.
At the Gothenburg Opera Johan Schinkler has performed the title role in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle and Daland (Der Fliegende Holländer). At Folkoperan he has sung several Mozart roles including Leporello in Peter Stormare's acclaimed production of Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) as well as Raimondo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. In the spring of 2007 he made his debut at Wermland Opera as Gurnemanz (Parsifal), in autumn Arthur in Peter Maxwell-Davies The Lighthouse directed by Mira Bartov and he returned to Folkoperan as Kaspar (Der Freischütz). In 2008, Johan Schinkler sang Colline in Wermland Opera’s highly acclaimed production of La Bohème directed by Peter Konwitschny. As Colline he also made guest performances at the Oper Leipzig. Recent engagements include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Mephistopheles in Faust at Folkoperan, Pogner in Die Meistersinger at The Gothenburg Opera and Fafner and Hagen (Der Ring des Nibelungen) at Wermland Opera. In the season 2011/2012 Johan Schinkler sang the role of Hagen in a new production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, a role that he also performed with the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano. 2013 he participated in the Ring cycle at the Latvian National Opera Riga as Hunding in Die Walküre and Hagen in Götterdämmerung, and the season 2013/14 started for him with Sarastro at the Folkoperan Stockholm. In 2015 he sang in Les Contes d'Hoffmann an der Folkoperan and guested as Timur in Dalhalla. Plans for the season 2015/16 include Gremin in a new production of Eugen Onegin at the Opéra de Rennes and his debut a Zuniga in Carmen at the Dalhalla Opera Festival.