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July 2022

Fasolt (Wagner - Das Rheingold)

Stage direction: Schwarz

Musical direction: Meister

Bayreuther Festspiele


"Basso Jens-Erik Aasbø impressed with deep power, and with thoughtfulness and delicacy in his voice in the role of the love-sick giant Fasolt." (Magnus Andersson)

Der Opernfreund:

"Jens-Erik Aasbø portrayed Fasolt with a warm, smooth and bright bass." (Ludwig Steinbach)

neue musikzeitung (nmz):

"Jens-Erik Aasbø convinces as Fasolt." (Joachim Lange)

"Both Wilhelm Schwinghammer as Fafner and Jens-Erik Aasbø as Fasolt have weight and power in their deep voices, sing clearly and – this is something of a rarity – are understandable." (Regina Ehm-Klier)


"The two giants Jens-Erik Aasbø (Fasolt) and Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Fafner) dominate their subject by the use of a noble and sovereign instrument in the bass." (David Verdier)

Der Wanderer:

"Jens-Erik Aasbø's Fasolt shows a strong, well-projected voice (...)" (Guy Cherqui)


" Jens-Erik Aasbø and Wilhelm Schwinghammer contrasted actions and motivations well in the giants’ roles." (Mark Berry)

"The powerful Fasolt of the Norwegian bass Jens-Erik Aasbø stood out."

"(...) the powerful and solid Fasolt of Jens-Erik Aasbø (...)" (Michel Thomé)


"Jens-Erik Aasbø gives Fasolt a certain melancholy languor." (David)

"Fasolt (Jens-Erik Aasbø) produces before his death beautiful, bright lyrical tones." (Frank Piotek)

June 2022

1. Nazarener (R. Strauss - Salome)

Concert performance

Musical direction: Gardner

Bergen International Festival


"(...) Jens-Erik Aasbø portrays the 1. Nazarene well." (Aksel Dalmo Tollåli)

January 2020

Madama Butterfly - Puccini (Bonzo)

Stage direction: Langridge

Musical direction: Stasevska

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

"Jens-Erik Aasbø (...) thunders futilely against the Americanism." (Edvarda Lana)

April 2019

Der fliegende Holländer - Wagner (Daland)

Musical direction: Afkhan

Spring festival in Tokyo

Welt - Brugs Klassiker:

"Daland had to be flown in at the last minute, but (...) Jens-Erik Aasbø did well, wonderfully bass-bourgeois and deviously sentimental." (Manuel Brug)

Blog - Bigupset39 (

"Jens-Erik Aasbø, who sang the role of Daland, was the first singer out, but his voice was so good that he did not seem like a substitute."

March 2019

Der Rosenkavalier - R. Strauss (Polizeikommissar)

Stage direction: McVicar

Musical direction: Mallwitz

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

Tidskriften Opera:

"In the role of the Police Inspector, however, Jens-Erik Aasbø left a big impression with a strong stage presence and a full-fledged bass voice - a well-developing singer." (Sören Tranberg)

"Jens-Erik Aasbø offered a full and resonant bass as the Polizeikommissar."

June 2018

Don Giovanni - Mozart (Il Commendatore)

Stage direction: Jones

Musical direction: Moulds

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

"Jens-Erik Aasbø has a powerful bass voice as the Commendatore, the final scene brings goosebumps aplenty." (Edvarda Lana)

"Jens-Erik Aasbø as the Commendatore (...) really showed off his vocal power and timbre, and the final scene, where he, as a haunting statue comes to drag Don Giovanni to hell, was one of the evening's definite highlights". (Hilde Halvorsrød)

"Jens-Erik Aasbø boomed lyrically as the Commendatore, the voice warm with complex depth."


"Jens-Erik Aasbø has an authoritarian voice which is well-suited for the Commendatore." (Magnus Andersson)

March 2018

Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti (Raimondo Bidebent)

Stage direction: Alden

Musical direction: Stasevska

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

"Jens-Erik Aasbø has a big and beautiful bass voice with a characteristic timbre, which he here employs to render a compelling portrait of the indeterminable priest Raimondo." (Bodil Maroni Jensen)

June  2017

Tosca - Puccini (Angelotti)

Stage direction: Bieito

Musical direction: Steffens

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

"Jens-Erik Aasbø (is) great and euphonious as a disturbed and terrified Angelotti." (Hilde Halvorsrød)

April 2017

Fidelio - Beethoven (Rocco)

Musical direction: Steffens

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet


"Jens-Erik Aasbø and Elisabeth Teige are the stars of this concert version of Beethoven's opera "Fidelio".

"(...) the charismatic Jens-Erik Aasbø deserves attention. There is no surplus of Norwegian basses with his powerful sound and lyric abilities around these days." (Maren Ørstavik)

October 2016

Rusalka - Dvorak (Wassermann/Vodnìk)

Stage direction: Kosky

Musical direction: Nánási
Komische Oper Berlin

"(...) young Norwegian bass Jens-Erik Aasbø impressed with his deep booming voice and strong stage presence." (Ako Imamura)

Boulezian /

"Jens-Erik Aasbø brought a sense of the deeply, sternly primæval to Vodník, the Water Goblin, lamenting Rusalka’s fate, refusing to grant her false hope." (Mark Berry)

Fatal Conclutions /

"Vodnìk, at least as presented by Jens-Erik Aasbø, had some sort of stoic Scandinavian hipster fisherman thing going on." (Hugo Shirley)

July 2016

Der fliegende Holländer - Wagner (Daland)
Stage direction: S. Niclasson

Musical direction: Balke
Opera på Skäret

Avesta Tidning:

"The bass Jens-Erik Aasbø almost flirts with the audience in his portrayal of Daland." (Anna Lundström)

Svenska Dagbladet:

"The Norwegian bass Jens-Erik Aasbø portrays the daddy as a jolly materialist, highlighting the comical side of the role." (Karin Helander)

November 2015

Die Zauberflöte - Mozart (Sarastro)

Stage direction: Mørk-Eidem

Musical direction: Søndergård
The Norwegian Opera & Ballet


"Jens-Erik Aasbø as Sarastro sings beautifully, and with the required intensity for the orchestra to follow him, and not the other way around." (Hild Borchgrevink)

October 2014

Don Giovanni - Mozart (Il Commendatore)

Stage direction: Strassberger

Musical direction: Fogliani
The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

"Jens-Erik Aasbø’s Commendatore was one of great vocal power in the final scene." (Aksel Tollåli)

November 2011

I Cancelliraadens dage - Söderlind (Nils Graver/Gudbrand Sveum)

Stage direction: Rørvik

Musical direction: Loddgard


Vårt Land:

"The symbolic character Gravedigger Nils embodies a key role in the final act, through Jens-Erik Aasbøs rich voice which well suits the tragic-ironic character who buries the famine's victims." (Lars Flydal)

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