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Daniel Johannsen, tenor

Austrian tenor Daniel Joahnnsen 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. In addition, Daniel Johannsen participated in a scenic adaption of Schubert’s Die Winterreise for various theatres in Luxembourg. In 2017, he returned to the Styriarte Festival in Graz for a new production of a baroque opera pasticcio. In 2017-18, Daniel Johannsen performs Conte Almaviva (Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Vienna Volksoper as well as the highly demanding role of Nadir in ‘Der Stein des Weisen’ (Mozart, Schikander et al.) at the Tyrolean State Theatre, Innsbruck.

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 2018, his first Schubert Lied CD, which he has recorded with Christoph Hammer at a Graf Fortepiano from 1826, will be released by Spektral Records.

In 2016 - 17, Daniel Johannsen returned 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 was scheduled for song recitals in Israel and, with Charles Spencer, at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Further engagements have included concerts at the Bachfest Schaffhausen, at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and at the Leipzig Gewandhaus as well as 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.

Concerts in 2017/18 include: J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the C.Ph.E. Bach-Chor under Hansjörg Albrecht at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie; St. Matthew Passion under Enoch zu Guttenberg at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig, at the Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid and in Moscow; Bach’s Mass in B Minor under Hans-Christoph Rademann in Stuttgart and at the new Dresden Kulturpalast; a concert series with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and CD recordings of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

and St. John Passion for the noted St. Gallen J. S. Bach Foundation. In addition, Daniel Johannsen will appear in a concert with the Sächsische Staatskapelle under Omer Meir Wellber at the Dresden Semperoper, and perform Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at the Styriarte. Upcoming concerts will lead him again to venues such as Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, Leipzig Bach Festival, Linz Bruckner Festival, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, and with a chamber music program to Israel.


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