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Johan Reuter

Johan Reuter
Photo: Miklos Szabo

Danish bass baritone Johan Reuter performs 2015 new productions of Die Walküre in Toronto, of Saul og David in Copenhagen and of Lulu in both Amsterdam and New York; he will return to Amsterdam for a concert performance of Nielsen’s Maskarade.

2016 he will debut in the title roles of Falstaff in Copenhagen and of Enescu‘s Oedipe in London and sing a new production Der fliegende Holländer in Helsinki. 2017 is scheduled for Henze’s Elegie für junge Liebende at the Theater an der Wien.

Johan Reuter studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Academy of the Royal Theatre of his hometown Copenhagen. He frequented master classes of Ernst Haefliger, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Richard Trimborn.

Since 1996 he is a soloist of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, where he sings a large repertoire.

Highlights of past seasons include Cavalleria rusticana/I Pagliacci in Copenhagen, Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten in London, New York, Berlin, Zurich and Amsterdam, the title role of Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Braunfels‘ Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna at Salzburg Festival, Vec Makropulos in New York under Jiri Belohlavek and at the Salzburg Festival under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wotan in Das Rheingold in Munich under Kent Nagano, in Berlin and - under Christian Thielemann - at Bayreuth Festival, Das Rheingold and Siegfried under Adam Fischer in Budapest, Tristan und Isolde in concert in Berlin under Marek Janowski, The tsar’s bride under Mark Elder, Theseus in the world creation of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, Elektra, Salome and Wozzeck (Warner/ Harding) in London, Der fliegende Holländer in Copenhagen, Berlin and Madrid, Arabella in Vienna, The Rake’s progress under Christopher Hogwood and Gurlitt‘s Wozzeck in Madrid, Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien and in Berlin, Macbeth in Lisbon, Zaide and Alceste under Ivor Bolton at Salzburg Festival, Shishkov in Janacek’s From the house of the dead under Marc Albrecht in Paris and Madrid, the title role of Wozzeck in Essen (Schaaf/Soltesz), Don Giovanni in Frankfurt, Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Konwitschny/Metzmacher) and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in Hamburg.

Recent concert engagements include Haydn‘s Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, Mahler‘s 8th symphony, Rückert songs and Das klagende Lied, Beethoven‘s 9th symphony, Brahms‘ Vier ernste Gesänge in an orchestra version by Glanert and Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart‘s Requiem, Berlioz‘ Romeo et Juliette, Peer Gynt, Michelangelo songs by Shostakowitch in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Athens, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Florence, Pisa, Perugia, Madrid, Lisbon, Thessaloniki, Aarhus, at the festivals of Salzburg and Bregenz with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Semyon Bychkov, Paul MacCreesh, Valeri Gergiev, Leopold Hager, Philippe Herreweghe, Marek Janowski, Zubin Mehta, Marc Minkowski, Kazushi Ono, Michael Schønwandt or Lothar Zagrosek.

He gave song recitals in Copenhagen, Hannover, Frankfurt, Bergen and Madrid.

Johan Reuter recorded Tristan und Isolde under Janowski, Kunzen‘s Holger Danske, Nielsen‘s Maskarade conducted by Ulf Schirmer (Gramophone Award), orchestra songs by Delius, C. E. F. Weyse‘s Sovedrikken and Mozarts La Clemenza di Tito. He recorded Schubert‘s Winterreise in Danish as well as arias by the young Giuseppe Verdi and songs by, among others, Richard Strauss.

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