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David Danholt

"A Danish tenor of beautiful tone and elegantly polished phrasing” (Seattle Times), David Danholt won a First Prize at the 2014 Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition and a 2009 Reumert Talent Award. Born in Funen, he trained at the Royal Academy of the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, and then in the soloist class of the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen. He has established a strong relationship with Den Jyske Opera, where he has sung Nemorino in Elixir of Love, the title role in Faust, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in The Magic Flute, the title role in Idomeneo, Alfredo in La traviata, The Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, and Young Seaman & Shepherd/Tristan und Isolde.

His wider engagements have included Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse at the Royal Danish Opera, Robert Lanyon in Dr Jekylls advokat with Den Fynske Opera, Jenik in The Bartered Bride at the Staatstheater Mainz, Arindal in Die Feen and Claudio in Das Liebesverbot for Oper Leipzig,  and SS Officer The Passenger at the Bregenz Festival, a production now available on Neos Blu Ray and DVD. He made his UK debut as Idomeneo with Grange Park Opera and sang Arindal in Die Feen for Chelsea Opera Group.

Concert engagements have included performances with orchestras including the Ålborg Symphony Orchestra, the Århus Symphony Orchestra, the Esbjerg Ensemble, the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Metropolitana, Lisbon, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra and the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom he has worked in opera and concert include Nicholas Braithwaite, Nicholas Kraemer, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Joseph Rescigno, Tobias Ringborg, Carlo Rizzi, Michael Schönwandt, Stefan Solyom, Constantin Trinks, Jin Wang, Hilary Davan Wetton and Dominic Wheeler.

Current engagements include Tamino in The Magic Flute for Valdemars Castle Summer Opera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Carl Nielsen in Springtime in Funen with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Accurato in Andre Bygninger for Den Fynske Opera, Baron Lummer in Intermezzo at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Erik in The Flying Dutchman for the Florentine Opera Company and Seattle Opera, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Handel's Messiah with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Candide and Elijah with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Rued Langgard’s Antichrist at Ribe Cathedral and Mozart's Requiem with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the UK to sing Carl Nielsen in Hymnus Amoris with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for his debut at the 2015 BBC Proms.


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