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Johannes Weisser

Johannes Weisser
Yann Bougaran


Johannes Weisser was born in 1980 in Norway. He studied at the Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Academy of Opera in Copenhagen with Susanna Eken.

In the spring of 2004, at the age of 23, he made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera as well as at the Komische Oper Berlin, in both houses as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Since then he has established himself as one of the most exciting Scandinavian singers of his generation.

Engagements have brought him to Salzburg Festival, Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Lausanne, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Bilbao, Megaron Athens, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Komische Oper Berlin, Norwegian National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik and Flanders Festival Bruges.

His roles include the title role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Schaunard in La Bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Mr. Flint in Billy Budd, Agamemnon in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, King Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Plutone and Pastore 4 in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Valens in Theodora, Melisso in Alcina, Licomede in Deidemia, Minos in Arianna in Creta, Villotto in Haydn’s La vera costanza, Giove in Cavalli’s La Calisto and Corpo in Cavalieri’s La rappresentazione di anima.

Johannes Weisser is a much sought after concert, oratorio and singer and he regularly appears in concert venues and festivals throughout Europe. He has a considerable repertoire that spans music from the early 17th Century works of Monteverdi up to 20th Century works of Weill, Britten and contemporary composers. He is an exceptionally communicative “Lied”-singer. His concerts have attracted much attention and have been highly praised, notably the concerts with the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

He has worked with conductors such as Phillipp Ahmann, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giordano Bellincampi, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Biondi, Olof Boman, Francesco Corti, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, Thomas Dausgaard, Stéphane Denève, Laurence Equilbey, Olari Elts, Diego Fasolis, Adam Fischer, Patrick Fournillier, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Martin Hasselböck, Olaf Henzold, Philippe Herreweghe, Leo Hussain, J. David Jackson, René Jacobs, Tõnu Kaljuste, Fredrik Malmberg, Michael McCarty, Juanjo Mena, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Christopher Moulds, Andris Nelsons, Andrew Parrott, Kirill Petrenko, Vasily Petrenko, George Petrou, Trevor Pinnock, Daniel Reuss, Jérémie Rhorer, Christophe Rousset, Kwame Ryan, Fredrik Sixten, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering and Lothar Zagrosek.

2014 included Melisso in Alcina at the Norwegian National Opera, Corpo in Cavalieri’s La rappresentazione di anima at the Staatsoper Berlin, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in Utrecht with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in Warsaw with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s La Resurrezione in Madrid, Brussels, Versailles and Krakow with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Sammartini’s The Judgement of Paris in Ascona with I Barocchisti, Cantatas by Bach at the Bachfest Leipzig, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Weber’s Kampf und Sieg in Paris, Versailles, Aix en Provence and Dijon with the Insula Orchestra, Bach’s Mass in B minor with René Jacobs, Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Oslo, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah in Oslo with Grex Vocalis and recitals of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.

Engagements in 2015 included Melisso in Alcina at Teatro Real Madrid, A pastor; The Devil in the world premiere of Jüri Reinvere’s Peer Gynt at the Norwegian National Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni in Paris, Barcelona, Oviedo, Shanghai, Beijing, Prague and Freiburg with the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Salzburg with the Insula Orchestra, Beethoven’s Kantate auf den Tod Keizer Joseph II and Weber’s Kampf und Sieg in Rouen with Orchestre de Rouen Haute-Normandie, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Brussels, Bruges, Basel and Bochum with B’Rock Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent as well as semi-staged performances at the Gloger Festival, Bach’s St John Passion in Berlin, Paris and Krakow with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Telemann’s Der Tod Jesu in Hamburg with B’Rock Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent, C.F.E. Bach’s Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu in Lugano with I Barocchisti, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Budapest and Pecs, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Aalesund Symphony Orchestra as well as with Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.

2016 has so far included the title role in Don Giovanni at Opéra Royal de Versailles, Re di Scozia in Ariodante at Opéra de Lausanne, the title role in Eugene Onegin with Kristiansund Opera, the title role in Peer Gynt with Wiener Symphoniker, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Amsterdam with B’Rock Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten in Tonhalle Zürich with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as well as in Warsaw with Warsaw Philharmonic, and Pergolesi’s Septem verba in Paris and Brussels with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. He has also sung recitals with music by Mahler, Schumann, Schubert, Strauss and Grieg in Berlin, Stamsund and Lofoten, and recorded Ståle Kleiberg’s Mass for Modern Man.

Johannes has recorded the title role in Don Giovanni, Telemann’s Brockes Passion, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Bach’s St Matthew Passion as well as St John Passion - all with René Jacobs, Haydn’s Applausus with Andreas Spering, Achilla in Giulio Cesare and Licaone in Handel’s Giove in Argo with Alan Curtis, David in Staale Kleiberg’s David and Bathsheba, Ståle Kleiberg’s Mass for a modern man with Trondheim Sinfonietta and a highly acclaimed CD with songs by Grieg.

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