DANISH BASS BARITONE

This season Johan made his much anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, after almost two decades absence, collaborating once again with artist William Kentridge - this time in Wozzeck. This summer he will be starring in the Everest of a baritone role in a new production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as Han Sach at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  Johan will be part of the exciting line-up to celebrate the Centennial of San Francisco Opera, making his first appearance in the West Coast with Die Frau ohne Schatten.


Johan Reuter studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Academy of the Royal Theatre in his hometown of Copenhagen. He frequented masterclasses of Ernst Haefliger, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and Richard Trimborn. Since 1996 he has been a soloist of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, where he sings a large repertoire.

 

Highlights from the past seasons include Dead Man Walking,  Un ballo in marchers, Cavalleria rusticana/I pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca [all marking his debut in the roles] in Copenhagen, Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten in London, New York, Berlin, Zürich and Amsterdam, the title role of Nabucco [role debut] at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Braunfels' Jeanne d'Arc at the Salzburg Festival, Vec Makropulos at the Met and the Salzburg Festival, Wotan in Das Rheingold in Munich and Budapest. He created the role of Thesus in the world première of Harrison Birthwistle's The Minotaur at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he has also appeared in Elektra, Salome, Wozzeck and The Tsar's Bride. Der fliegende Holländer in Madrid, Berlin and Copenhagen, Le nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Macbeth in Lisbon, From the House of the Dead in Paris amd Madrid and Così fan tutte in Hamburg.

 

Recent concert appearances include Haydn's Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Rückert lieder and Das klagende Lied, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Brahm's Vier ernste Gesänge, Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette, Peer Gynt and Michelangelo sonnets by Shostakovitch.

 

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

 

Johan Reuter recorded Tristan und Isolde under Janowski, Kunzen's Holger Danske, Nielsen's Maskarade under Ulf Schirmer (Gramophone Award), Schubert's Winterreise in Danish as well as solo albums with arias by the young Giuseppe Verdi and songs by Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen and Hakon Børresen.