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Johan Reuter



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 began his musical education playing the bongos, recorder and piano, and singing in his school choir. He went on to study 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 the 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, Opéra-Bastille and Deutsche Oper Berlin, with engagements including Wotan (Das Rheingold) in Munich and Gilles de Rais (Szenen aus dem leben der Heiligen Johanna) at 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. He has released several CDs, including recordings of lesser-known repertory such as Kunzen’s Holger Danske, Nielsen’s Maskarade and rare Verdi arias. He was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog in 2005.


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