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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

Johan Reuter sings Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten) with The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. He first performed with the Company in 2006, creating the title role in Keith Warner’s production of Wozzeck. He has since sung Theseus (Birtwistle’s The Minotaur), Jokanaan (Salome) and Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride) 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 recent 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 is a sought-after guest artist in leading European opera houses including the Paris Opéra, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra-Bastille and Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2012 he sang his first Wotan (Das Rheingold) in Munich and in 2013 he appeared at the Salzburg Festival as Gilles de Rais (Szenen aus dem leben der Heiligen Johanna).

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.

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.

Photos

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 © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter as Barak and Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter as Barak and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

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 © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter as Barak, Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter

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

Johan Reuter in Wozzeck © Bill Cooper, 2006

Johan Reuter as Orest in Elektra © Clive Barda / ROH 2008

Johan Reuter as Orest and Susan Bullock as Elektra in Elektra © Clive Barda / ROH 2008

Claire Powell as Margert and Johan Reuter as Wozzeck in Wozzeck. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2006

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck and Susan Bullock as Marie in Wozzeck. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2006

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck in Wozzeck. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2006

Graham Clark as Captain, Johan Reuter as Wozzeck and Kurt Rydl as Doctor in Wozzeck. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2006

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck and Kurt Rydl as Doctor in Wozzeck. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2006

Johan Reuter as Wozzeck in Wozzeck. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2006