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Johan Reuter

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Johan Reuter in action.
Johan Reuter in The Minotaur, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Danish bass-baritone Johan Reuter made his Royal Opera debut in 2006 as Wozzeck. He has since sung Theseus (The Minotaur), Jokanaan (Salome), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride) and Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for The Royal Opera.

Reuter was born in Copenhagen and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Royal Danish Opera Academy. He began his career in the vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen and joined Royal Danish Opera in 1996. His roles with the company have included Boris Godunov, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper (Lulu), Michele (Il tabarro) and Gianni Schicchi. He regularly sings with companies including Paris Opéra, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real, Madrid, Hamburg State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, with further engagements including Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Wotan (Das Rheingold) for Bavarian State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival, Wotan (Die Walküre) in Toronto and Gilles de Rais (Szenen aus dem leben der Heiligen Johanna) for the Salzburg Festival.

Reuter has an international career as a concert performer and has appeared at major festivals including the Bregenz Festival, Maggio Musicale, Florence, and the BBC Proms. His wide discography includes recordings of Kunzen’s Holger Danske, Nielsen’s Maskarade and Verdi arias. He was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog in 2005.

Videos

News and features

Trade secrets: Find out more about staging the gruesome final act of Berg's Wozzeck

Trade secrets: Find out more about staging the gruesome final act of Berg's Wozzeck

12 September 2013

How do they keep a baritone underwater for seven minutes?

Watch: Ryan Wigglesworth on The Minotaur

Watch: Ryan Wigglesworth on The Minotaur

23 January 2013

The British conductor and composer speaks about Harrison Birtwistle's mythical opera.

The Minotaur: A thrilling sonic labyrinth

The Minotaur: A thrilling sonic labyrinth

21 August 2012

Harrison Birtwistle's operatic take on the Ancient Greek myth returns to The Royal Opera.

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