Looking back at sixty years as an attentive audience member for vocal art and operatic performances, in Sweden and abroad. Studied theatre and music in Sweden, Germany and Italy. 1969-91 co-founder and artistic co-leader of the experimental group Teater 9/Stockholm, arranging international festivals as well as collaborative performances and tours in Poland, Italy, Germany and Venezuela. 1969-97 also reporter and critic on drama and opera for Swedish Radio, 1988-95 head of its Drama & Documentary Department as well. 1997-2014 head of dramaturgy of the Royal Swedish Opera, chefdramaturg and resident director for Malmö Opera 2011-17.
As a director he has been responsible for more than fifty stage productions (from Aischylos to Heiner Müller) and a large number of radio plays. In opera, he directed a compact version of Wagner’s Ring at Dalhalla 1996-99 and for Malmö Opera Wagner’s Parsifal, Reimann’s Lear, Francesconi’s Quartet and Blomdahl’s Aniara.
Apart from hundreds of radio programs, Johansson has lectured on theatre, opera and vocal art, in Scandinavia and abroad. he has written on similar subjects for newspapers and magazines and collaborated on several books on opera, vocal art, performance traditions, Wagnerian studies, 20th century music theatre, etc. Editor of historical CD-series Royal Swedish Opera Archives (Caprice), Wagner in Stockholm (Bluebell), etc. Work in progress: A documentation of 250 years of Royal Swedish Opera, seen and heard through its singers (and their recordings).