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Johan Reuter

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Johan Reuter in action.
Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

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), Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and the title role in Oedipe 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

Watch: ‘The tragedy of all tragedies’ – Johan Reuter and John Tomlinson on <em>Oedipe</em>

Watch: ‘The tragedy of all tragedies’ – Johan Reuter and John Tomlinson on Oedipe

27 May 2016

The stars of The Royal Opera's new production discuss the monstrous myth and what makes the music so special for singers.

Your Reaction: George Enescu's <em>Oedipe</em>

Your Reaction: George Enescu's Oedipe

24 May 2016

What did you think of Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco's Royal Opera production of Enescu's masterpiece?

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?

Photos

Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe and In Sung Sim as Phorbas in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Claudia Huckle as Mérope and Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Barak and Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress , Johan Botha as the Emperor, Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife and Johan Reuter as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck in Wozzeck.

Johan Reuter as Orest and Susan Bullock as Elektra in Elektra

Alan Oke as the Shepherd and Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Antigone, Johan Reuter as Oedipe and Samuel Youn as Créon in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Samuel Youn as Créon, Johan Reuter as Oedipe and Nicolas Courjal as the Theban High Priest in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe, Nicolas Courjal as the Theban High Priest and the Royal Opera Chorus in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Barak and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Graham Clark as Captain, Johan Reuter as Wozzeck and Kurt Rydl as Doctor in Wozzeck.

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck in Wozzeck.

Johan Reuter as Orest in Elektra

Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Samuel Dale Johnson as Thésée, Johan Reuter as Oedipe and Sophie Bevan as Antigone in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe and Sarah Connolly as Jocaste in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Hubert Francis as Hunchback Brother, Johan Reuter as Barak, Adrian Clarke as One-Eyed Brother and Jeremy White as One-Armed Brother in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Johan Reuter as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Johan Reuter in The Minotaur, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter in The Minotaur, The Royal Opera

Sophie Bevan as Antigone and Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Jocaste and Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Johan Reuter

Johan Reuter as Barak, Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Johan Reuter in Wozzeck

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck and Susan Bullock as Marie in Wozzeck.

Claire Powell as Margert and Johan Reuter as Wozzeck in Wozzeck.