Mikael Horned, baritone, was born in Linköping, Sweden, and has sung at several of Sweden's prominent stages such as the Royal Opera House and the Drottningholm Palace Theater in Stockholm.
Mikael began his 2023/24 season performing the role of Anténor in Rameau's Dardanus in a production staged by Gilbert Blin at Confidencen Opera & Music Festival in Stockholm, and will go on to sing Marcello in La bohème at Theater für Niedersachsen, in Hildesheim, Germany, in a new production directed by Juana Inés Cano Restrepo and conducted by Florian Ziemen.
The season 22/23 included a return to the Royal Opera House in Stockholm as Schaunard in La bohème, a production directed by José Cura and conducted by Tobias Ringborg. In part of their concert series Mikael performed excerpts from Ölander's opera Blenda later in the spring. Mikael also visited Bergen Nasjonale Opera for the concert Trippel Mozart. The season finished off with the opera Gustav Wasa by Naumann in Stockholm Concert Hall to celebrate the anniversaries of Gustav Vasa and Carl XVI Gustaf.
In 2021 Mikael portrayed the role of Lesbo (Agrippina) on the Drottningholm Palace Theatre in an international cast headed by Ann Hallenberg in the title role. In December, he joined the cast of The Snow Queen (B. Staern) and Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm for performances until March 2022. He was also guest soloist at the New Year's gala in the same house.
2020 began with a production of Falstaff in the role of Ford at the Opera House in Oslo under the direction of renowned director Stefan Herheim in a collaboration with Oslo Academy of the Arts. The premiere was however cancelled due to COVID-19.
During 2019, Mikael did an acclaimed portrayal of Pluto in G. P. Telemann's Orpheus at Vadstena-Akademien, which was followed by a production of Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm where he did the role of Zaretsky.
Mikael graduated from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in the spring of 2020 where he studied for the American baritone Robert Hyman. During his time he worked on roles such as Ford (Falstaff), Marcello (La Bohème), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Silvio (Pagliacci) and Giorgio Germont (La Traviata).
Other merits include scholarships from the Friends of Drottningholm Palace Theater, Anders Sandrews Foundation, Lisbeth Håkansson Foundation and the Freemasons of S:t Erik in Stockholm. Mikael was also semifinalist in the Ottavio Ziino International Lyric Competition and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Chamber music from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden, where he graduated in 2017.