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Paul Peter Cbrister Lindroos was born on February 26, 1944 into a musical family in Pojo (Pohja), a Swedish-speaking comin Southem Finland. His father Bertel Lindroos (1910-1987) was the organist of the Swedish Lutheran parish there. His mother Hjördis had a good natura! voice, and his older sister Carola later joined the choir of the National Opera. In 1964, atthe age of 20, Peter graduated from the Department of Church Music at the Sibelius Academy. By this time, he had already assisted his father as organist in ! the Pojo church for four years. He a!so played in severa! restaurants for additional income.

Peter Lindroos began to study singing at the Sibelius Academy in 1965. His first teacher was the Italian soprano Jolanda di Maria, studied with her until 1967 and continued with Licinio Francardi (Rome 1968), Luigi Ricci (Rome 1969-1970) and Marcello Del Monaco (Treviso 1970-1972), the brother of the great Mario Del Monaco.

Peter Lindroos had a versatile gallery of roles. It expanded from baroque to modern and included near1y 80 roles, including many creator roles. It included near1y all lirico spinto roles such as Des Grieux (Mano n Lescaut), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madama Butterf1y), Radamès (Aida), Alfredo (La Traviata), Otello, Manrico (Il Trovatore), Werther (Werther) and Don José (Carmen).
Emotional content, musical texture and the interpretational possibilities of the roles were ali important to Lindroos. Mozart roles did not appeal to him because of their different nature. Puccini and Verdi were his favourite composers. The colourful operas of Richard Strauss also had an important position in his role gallery. The role of Bacchus in the Strauss opera "Ariadne auf Naxos" was one of his most frequently performed roles, next to Cavaradossi in Tosca. Lindroos sang the part of Cavaradossi nearly 350 times. Lindroos was also a great Janàicek interpreter, and in several seasons he appeared as Laca Klemen in Jenufa at the Staatsoper in Vienna. Lindroos also performed many modern opera roles, such as the part of Sergey in Shostakovich' "Katerina Ismailova" (Copenhagen 1973). This resulted in a thank-you letter from the composer.

One of his greatest triumphs was the extremely difficult title role in Cerca's "Der Rattenfänger", which he sang at the opera's premiere in Graz 1987, with the composer conducting. Quite early in his career Lindroos was also given demanding Heldentenor roles such as Wagner's Parsifal (Munich 1978), the title role in Lohengrin and Erik in the Flying Dutchman. Later on he gave up ali Wagner roles and concentrated in parts more suitable for his voice. His last appearance as Parsifal was in Hamburg in 1984.

In sunnner 2003, Peter Lindroos was entering a new, happy period in his life. Three years earlier he had married the singer Gabriela Gaàland - Lindroos and moved to Skane, Sweden with his new family. He was retuming to his roots in his new job as the cantor at the churches of Hästveda and Farstorp. With his wife, he appeared frequently in local church concerts and charities. He also wanted to teach on a wider scale. His plans were dramatically interrupted when he was killed in a traffic
accident on November 17, 2003 at Tjörnarp, near Malmö in the Southern part of Sweden. His one and half year old son Andreas was also killed in the crash. Peter Lindroos is buried in the cemetery ofhis birthplace, Pojo.

In the course of his career, Peter Lindroos received many honours, including the Danish Ridder af Dannebrogorden (1979), the Finnish arder of the White Rose (1983), Holger Bruusgaard Prize (1989), Edith Brodersen Prize (1992), The Golden Pin of the Friends of the Opera (1992) and Torben Anton Svendsen Prize (2002). The Malmö Conservatory has founded a "Peter Lindroos Memorial Foundation", which supports young singers.
In the intoxicating beauty of Peter Lindroos' voice, a Nordic lightness merges with the warm gold of the Mediterranean. His voice had the genuine ltalian glow and timbre. It was warmer and more golden than the voices of other Scandinavian tenors. His diction was always perfect. He has often been compared with Jussi Björling, but his voice and style are highly personal, and his capacity for emotional expression was unsurpassed and unique. The late 1980s were his golden period, and he was counted among the top singers in the world in his range. After that time, serious allergies resulted in a darkening of his voice, but as we can hear on recordings from the 1990s, his voice was still in a brilliant shape.

Torsten Brander

Lähteet: Tero Halvorsen CD "Peter Lindroos-Opera Arias and songs 1981-1994" (FUGA 9250), Torsten Branderin arkisto.

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