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Daniel Johannsen, tenor

Born in 1978, the Austrian tenor is one of the most sought-after Evangelists and Bach interpreters of his generation. After completing his training as a church musician, he studied voice with Margit Klaushofer and Robert Holl in Vienna. He participated in master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda and Christa Ludwig and was a prizewinner at the Leipzig Bach, Schumann, Salzburg Mozart, Hilde Zadek and Wigmore Hall Competitions.

Since his debut in 1998, appearances as a concert, lieder and opera singer have taken him to the major musical centres of Europe, North America, Japan and the Middle East, where he sings works from every period. In addition to regular concerts at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, he appears at leading festivals such as Styriarte Festival in Graz, Salzburg Festival, Carinthian Summer, Israel Festival, La Folle Journée, Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, and several international Bach festivals. He performs under such distinguished conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Bertrand de Billy, Jordi Savall, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Dennis Russell Davies, Trevor Pinnock, Michael Hofstetter, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Michel Corboz with various ensembles, including Le Concert des Nations, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin, the Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, the Israel Philharmonic – to name but a few. Daniel Johannsen is also involved in several large-scale Bach cantata projects.

The lyric tenor is engaged by such theatres as the Munich State Theater on Gärtnerplatz, the Leipzig Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Vienna Volksoper, the Lucerne Theater, the Bonn Opera, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival and the Munich Biennale, where he is heard in Mozart roles, Baroque, 20th-century and contemporary works as well as several operetta roles.

Recent engagements (2013 – 2016) have included: Tamino (Mozart, The Magic Flute) and the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring at the Vienna Volksoper, Tamino and the title role in a staged production of Handel’s Jephta under Andreas Spering at the Bonn Opera, Jaquino (Beethoven, Fidelio) at the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, Belmonte (Mozart, The Abduction from the Seraglio) at Gießen Theatre and Conte Almaviva (Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Styriarte Festival in Graz – both under Michael Hofstetter. In 2016, he has repeated the part of Jephta, one of his most prominent roles, at the Festival Retz, Austria to great acclaim.

At present, Daniel Johannsen is working on a scenic adaption of Schubert’s Die Winterreise for various theatres in Luxembourg. In 2017, her will return to the Styriarte Festival in Graz for a new production of a baroque opera.

Song recitals featuring the entire range of German repertoire, in addition to English and French compositions, are a central focus in the work of the singer, who collaborates with such pianists as Burkhard Kehring, Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Helmut Deutsch. Daniel Johannsen’s recording of the Dichterliebe was released in spring of 2010, following his first solo CD, Tenore & Traverso with arias by J. S. Bach, which received the ORF Pasticcio Award. In addition, numerous other recordings, radio and television broadcasts document his creative output.

In 2016 - 18, Daniel Johannsen returns to Sächsische Staatskapelle, Dresden, and to the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele. Graham Johnson has invited the tenor for the project ‘Schubert: The Complete Songs” at London Wigmore Hall. In addition, he is scheduled for song recitals in Israel and, with Charles Spencer, at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Further engagements include concerts at the Bachfest Schaffhausen and at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bach’s great oratorios at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig, Munich under Enoch zu Guttenberg, who has also engaged Daniel Johannsen for a tour throughout Canada and the USA including New York Carnegie Hall.


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