The Austrian tenor Daniel Johannsen (born in 1978) is among the most demanded evangelistas and Bach singers of his generation. He studied vocal arts with Margit Klaushofer and Lied interpretation with Robert Holl in Vienna, where he also graduated in church music; Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda and Christa Ludwig chose him for master classes. He is prize winner at numerous competitions (Bach, Schumann, Mozart and Wigmore Hall).
Since his debut in 1998, Daniel Johannsen has been performing oratorio, lied and opera (of all epochs) at the most important European, North American, Middle-Eastern and Japanese music centres. Besides frequent appearances at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, he is regularly invited to attend numerous festivals (Styriarte Graz, Salzburg Festival and La Folle Journée amongst others). Daniel Johannsen has been collaborating with renowned orchestras (e.g. Le Concert des Nations, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe) and celebrated conductors (for example Sir Neville Marriner, Jordi Savall and Bertrand de Billy). Daniel Johannsen performed at the Wiener Kammeroper, Volksoper Wien, Lucerne Theatre and Ludwigsburger Schlosstheater — representing the lyric rôles of Mozart, singing baroque and contemporary works as well as some operettas. The tenor puts an emphasis on Lied recitals with the whole variety of German repertoire (but also with English and French compositions). Elena Larina, Roger Vignoles and David Lutz are amongst his lied duet partners. In spring 2010, Daniel Johannsen’s recording of Schumann’s Dichterliebe will be released, following his acclaimed first solo CD Tenore & Traverso which contains arias by J.S. Bach. Numerous radio and TV broadcasts are documenting his artistic work.
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