Austrian tenor Daniel Joahnnsen is one of the most sought-after Evangelists and Bach
interpreters of his generation. After completing his training as a church musician,
he studied voice with Margit Klaushofer and Robert Holl in Vienna. He participated
in master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda and Christa Ludwig
and was a prizewinner at the Leipzig Bach, Schumann, Salzburg Mozart, Hilde Zadek
and Wigmore Hall Competitions.
Since his debut in 1998, appearances as a concert, lieder and opera singer have taken
him to the major musical centres of Europe, North America, Japan and the Middle East,
where he sings works from every period. In addition to regular concerts at the Vienna
Musikverein and Konzerthaus, he appears at leading festivals such as Styriarte Festival
in Graz, Salzburg Festival, Carinthian Summer, Israel Festival, La Folle Journée,
Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, and several international Bach festivals. He performs
under such distinguished conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Bertrand de Billy, Jordi
Savall, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Dennis Russell
Davies, Trevor Pinnock, Michael Hofstetter, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Michel Corboz
with various ensembles, including Le Concert des Nations, the Vienna Philharmonic,
the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin, the Salzburg
Mozarteumorchester, the Israel Philharmonic – to name but a few. Daniel Johannsen
is also involved in several large-scale Bach cantata projects.
The lyric tenor is engaged by such theatres as the Munich State Theater on Gärtnerplatz,
the Leipzig Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Vienna Volksoper, the Lucerne Theater,
the Bonn Opera, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival and the Munich Biennale, where he
is heard in Mozart roles, Baroque, 20th-century and contemporary works as well as
several operetta roles.
Recent engagements (2013 – 2016) have included: Tamino (Mozart, The Magic Flute)
and the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring at the Vienna Volksoper, Tamino and
the title role in a staged production of Handel’s Jephta under Andreas Spering at
the Bonn Opera, Jaquino (Beethoven, Fidelio) at the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, Belmonte
(Mozart, The Abduction from the Seraglio) at Gießen Theatre and Conte Almaviva (Rossini,
Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Styriarte Festival in Graz – both under Michael Hofstetter.
In 2016, he has repeated the part of Jephta, one of his most prominent roles, at
the Festival Retz, Austria to great acclaim. In addition, Daniel Johannsen participated
in a scenic adaption of Schubert’s Die Winterreise for various theatres in Luxembourg.
In 2017, he returned to the Styriarte Festival in Graz for a new production of a
baroque opera pasticcio. In 2017-18, Daniel Johannsen performed Conte Almaviva (Rossini,
Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Vienna Volksoper as well as the highly demanding
role of Nadir in ‘Der Stein des Weisen’ (Mozart, Schikander et al.) at the Tyrolean
State Theatre, Innsbruck.
Song recitals featuring the entire range of German repertoire, in addition to English
and French compositions, are a central focus in the work of the singer, who collaborates
with such pianists as Burkhard Kehring, Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Helmut
Deutsch. Daniel Johannsen’s recording of the Dichterliebe was released in spring
of 2010, following his first solo CD, Tenore & Traverso with arias by J. S. Bach,
which received the ORFPasticcio Award. In addition, numerous other recordings, radio
and television broadcasts document his creative output. In 2018, his first Schubert
Lied CD, which he has recorded with Christoph Hammer at a Graf Fortepiano from 1826,
will be released by Spektral Records.
In 2016-17, Daniel Johannsen returned to Sächsische Staatskapelle, Dresden, and to
the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele. Graham Johnson has invited the tenor for the project
‘Schubert: The Complete Songs’ at London Wigmore Hall. In addition, he was scheduled
for song recitals in Israel and, with Charles Spencer, at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Further engagements have included concerts at the Bachfest Schaffhausen, at the Gstaad
Menuhin Festival and at the Leipzig Gewandhaus as well as Bach’s great oratorios
at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig, Munich under
Enoch zu Guttenberg, who has also engaged Daniel Johannsen for a tour throughout
Canada and the USA including New York Carnegie Hall. Concerts in 2017-18 have included:
J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the C.Ph.E. Bach-Chor under Hansjörg Albrecht
at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie; St. Matthew Passion under Enoch zu Guttenberg at the
Philharmonie of the Gasteig in Munich, at the Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid
and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory; Bach’s Mass in B Minor under Hans-Christoph
Rademann in Stuttgart and at the new Dresden Kulturpalast; a concert series with
the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and CD recordings of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and
St. John Passion for the noted St. Gallen J. S. Bach Foundation. In addition, Daniel
Johannsen appeared in a concert with the Sächsische Staatskapelle under Omer Meir
Wellber at the Dresden Semperoper, in Bach Cantatas under Andrew Parrott at the Herrenchiemsee
Festspiele 2018, he performed Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at the Styriarte in
Graz, and embarked to Israel for a chamber music program.
Concerts in 2018-19 include Schubert’s ‘Schwanengesang’ with Graham Johnson in Vienna,
the program ‘History of Sacred Music – From Bruckner’s Library’ at the Linz International
Bruckner Festival, J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under Martin Haselböck at the
Vienna Musikverein as well as with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under Philippe
Herreweghe at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and with the Chor and Orchester der
Klangverwaltung under Paul MacCreesh at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig in Munich.