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Daniel Johannsen


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"When it comes to turning (German-language) texts into music, Daniel Johannsen currently marks the pinnacle of sensual conveyance of meaning." This is how the Leipziger Volkszeitung hymnally reviews the 2023 OPUS KLASSIK nominated CD 360° Hugo Wolf, which the Viennese-born tenor presented together with the pianist Andreas Fröschl. After training as a church musician, the tenor studied voice with Margit Klaushofer and Robert Holl in Vienna; he was a master student of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig and Nicolai Gedda and has won prizes at the Bach-, Schumann-, Mozart-, Hilde Zadek and Wigmore Hall competitions.

As one of the most sought-after evangelists and Bach interpreters, Daniel Johannsen has performed in the major music centres of Europe, North America, Japan and the Middle East, as well as at numerous festivals (Beethovenfest Bonn, Enescu Festival Bucharest, Bachwoche Ansbach, to name but a few). He has performed under the baton of legendary conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Trevor Pinnock, Jordi Savall, Bertrand de Billy, Michel Corboz, Andrew Parrott and Omer Meir Wellber, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Vienna Philharmonic. A particularly close artistic friendship united him with Enoch zu Guttenberg, who died in 2018; performances at New York's Carnegie Hall and the Great Hall of Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, among others, bear witness to this. Daniel Johannsen is a regular guest of the St. Gallen Bach Foundation and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging ("All of Bach"), and he also enjoys a lively collaboration with Hansjörg Albrecht, Michael Hofstetter and Matthias Grünert

On the opera stage, the lyric tenor, whose engagements have taken him to Munich's Gärtnerplatz, the Leipzig Opera, the Vienna Volksoper and the Bonn Theatre, can be heard in Mozart roles, in works of the Baroque, the 20th century and the modern era, but also in several operetta roles. Lieder recitals with the whole range of the German repertoire (but also with English and French compositions) form a focal point in the activities of the singer, who collaborates with pianists such as Graham Johnson, Charles Spencer and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Some 50 CDs, most of them highly acclaimed by radio and press, document his work.

In 2023-24, his agenda includes numerous projects with Hans-Christoph Rademann as well as several concerts for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. Under the baton of Martin Haselböck, Daniel Johannsen will make his debut as Evangelist in Los Angeles, and under Kent Nagano he will be heard in Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" in Munich. Once again he will be a guest at the Festival Bach à Montréal and at the Israeli Schubertiade. For the Bachfest Leipzig, he has developed an eagerly awaited concept that brings Schubert's “Winterreise” into dialogue with selected arias by Bach - in each case accompanied by the Atalante Quartet. Also in a string arrangement, and as a world premiere, his interpretation of the “Schöne Müllerin” with the Alinde Quartet (in the form of a double CD, which also includes the original version with Christoph Hammer at the Graf grand piano from 1827) will soon be released by hänssler.

B. Britten

Albert Herring


The Little Sweep / Let’s Make an Opera!


L. v. Beethoven



J.C. de Arriaga

The Arabian Princess


G. Donizetti

L`Elisir d`Amore


G. F. Handel





E. Humperdinck

Königskinder (original version)


L. Janáček

The Cunning Little Vixen


E. Künneke

Der Vetter aus Dingsda


F. Lehár

Der Graf von Luxemburg

Sergej Mentschikoff

E. L. Leitner

Die Sennenpuppe (UA)

Hirtenjunge (shepherd boy)

J. Linjama

Die Geburt des Täufers (WP) (The Birth of the Baptist)

Archangel Gabriel

C. Monteverdi

Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda


W. A. Mozart

Cosi fan tutte

Don Ferrando

Don Giovanni

Don Ottavio

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Belmonte, Pedrillo


Gomatz, Soliman

The Magic Flute


Der Stein der Weisen (Pasticcio by Mozart et al.)


G. Rossini

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Conte d`Almaviva,Fiorello

W. Sauseng

Das Staunen des Ezechiel

Die Allegorie der Bewegung

J. Strauss

Die Fledermaus / The Bat

Dr. Blind

Eine Nacht in Venedig


I. Stravinsky

The Rake’s Progress

Tom Rakewell

P.I. Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

Monsieur Triquet

A. Vivaldi

Serenata a tre


C. Ph. E. Bach
The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus
The Israelites in the Desert
J. S. Bach
More than 100 cantatas, including various secular cantatas;
All passions
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
Mass in B minor
S. Barber
Hermit Songs
L. v. Beethoven
Mass in C major
An die ferne Geliebte
9th Symphony
J. Brahms
B. Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
Les Illuminations de Rimbaud
Six Hölderlin-Fragments
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne
S. de Brossard
Quemadmodum desiderat cervus
A. Bruckner
Te Deum
N. Bruhns
Various sacred concerts (e.g. "Jauchzet dem Herren")
F. Büchtger
Christmas Oratorio
D. Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri
Various cantatas and sacred works
A. Campra
O dulcis amor
M. A. Charpentier
Various sacred concerts
A. Copland
Old American Folksongs
H. Distler
Choralpassion (Evangelist)
Christmas Story (Evangelist)
H. Duparc
L’invitation au voyage
A. Dvořák
Stabat Mater
Mass in D major
C. Franck
Mass in A major
G. F. Handel
Israel in Egyp
Judas Maccabaeus
Alexander’s Feast
Utrecht Te Deum
J. Haydn
The Creation
The Seasons
All Masses
M. Haydn
Vesperae solennes
Various Masses
A. Honegger
Le Roi David
L. Janáček
N. Jommelli
E. Křenek
Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen
B. Marcello
F. Mendelssohn
Hymn of Praise
St. Paul
Christ (all tenor parts)
Soli in various Psalms
M. P. de Montéclair
Various secular cantatas
C. Monteverdi
Vespro della beata vergine (all tenor parts)
W. A. Mozart
All Masses
Davide penitente
Vesperae solennes de confessore
Concert aria “Misero! O sogno — Aura che intorno spiri”
J. Mysliveček
La Passione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo
P. Planyavsky
Der zufriedengestellte Autobus
Cactus tragicus
G. Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
F. Salmhofer
Heiteres Herbarium
W. Sauseng
Passio Iesu secundum Ioannem (Evangelist; UA)
S. Scheidt
Various sacred concerts
J. H. Schein
Various sacred concerts
F. Schubert
All Masses
Intende voci
Die schöne Müllerin
R. Schumann
Das Paradies und die Peri (Jüngling)
Liederkreis nach Heinrich Heine Op. 24
H. Schütz
Christmas Story
St John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Selection of secular works and Symphoniae sacrae
H. Suter
Le Laudi
G. P. Telemann
The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus
Various cantatas from the 'Harmonischer Gottesdienst'
Reformation Passion 1755, TWV 13:18
M. Weckmann
Various sacred concerts
J. D. Zelenka
Lamentatones Jeremiae Prophetae, ZWV 53
H. Zender
Winterreise (on Schubert)
Numerous sacred works and masses by baroque composers including Rupert Ignaz Mayr, Johann Heinrich Vierdanck, Andreas Rauch and others.

More than 300 Songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Strauss,
Schoeck, including the song-cycles by Schubert and Schumann,
songs by Britten, Barber and Copland and mélodies francaises by Fauré, Duparc and others.

DATES: a selection

All information are subject to change

12 March 2024
Lukaspassion (Bach / Eglhuber)
(World premiere / reconstructed from fragments and works by J.S. Bach)
Hamburg, Laeiszhalle
Conductor: Hansjörg Albrecht, Carl-Philipp-Emanuel-Bach-Chor Hamburg / Dresdner Festspielorchester
31 March 2024
Bach! - Cantata “Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen“ (J.S. Bach)
Kulturpalast, Dresden
Conductor: H.-C. Rademann, Dresdner Kammerchor, Dresdner Philharmonie
08 May 2024
Internationales Bachfest Schaffhausen
Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann, Gaechinger Cantorey
12 May 2024
VISION.BACH – Zum Himmel wandern
Ludwigsburg, Forum am Schlosspark
Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann, Gaechinger Cantorey
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