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Norwegian baritone Johannes Weisser studied at the Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Academy of Opera in Copenhagen with Susanna Eken.

In the spring of 2004, at the age of 23, he made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera as well as at the Komische Oper Berlin, in both houses as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Since then he has established himself as one of the most exciting Scandinavian singers of his generation.

Engagements have brought him to Salzburg Festival, Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Lausanne, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Bilbao, Megaron Athens, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Komische Oper Berlin, Norwegian National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik and Flanders Festival Bruges.

His roles include the title role in EUGENE ONEGIN, the title role and Leporello in DON GIOVANNI, Guglielmo in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Don Pizarro in FIDELIO, Schaunard in LA BOHÈME, Malatesta in DON PASQUALE, Mr. Flint in BILLY BUDD, Agamemnon in Gluck’s IPHIGÉNIE EN AULIDE, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE, King Theseus in Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, the title role in Grieg’s PEER GYNT, Plutone and Pastore 4 in Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO, Achilla in GIULIO CESARE, Valens in THEODORA, Melisso in ALCINA, Licomede in DEIDEMIA, Minos in ARIANNA IN CRETA, Villotto in Haydn’s LA VERA COSTANZA, Giove in Cavalli’s LA CALISTO and Corpo in Cavalieri’s LA RAPPRESENTAZIONE DI ANIMA.

Johannes Weisser is a much sought-after concert, oratorio and singer and he regularly appears in concert venues and festivals throughout Europe. He has a considerable repertoire that spans music from the early 17th Century works of Monteverdi up to 20th Century works of Weill, Britten and contemporary composers. He is an exceptionally communicative “Lied”-singer. His concerts have attracted much attention and have been highly praised.

He has worked with conductors such as Phillipp Ahmann, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giovanni Antonini, Benjamin Bayl, Giordano Bellincampi, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Biondi, Herbert Blomstedt, Olof Boman, Francesco Corti, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, Thomas Dausgaard, Stéphane Denève, Laurence Equilbey, Olari Elts, Diego Fasolis, Adam Fischer, Patrick Fournillier, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Martin Hasselböck, Olaf Henzold, Philippe Herreweghe, Leo Hussain, J. David Jackson, René Jacobs, Tõnu Kaljuste, Fredrik Malmberg, Michael McCarty, Juanjo Mena, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Christopher Moulds, Andris Nelsons, Andrew Parrott, Kirill Petrenko, Vasily Petrenko, George Petrou, Trevor Pinnock, Daniel Reuss, Jérémie Rhorer, Alex Robson, Christophe Rousset, Kwame Ryan, Fredrik Sixten, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, György Vashegyi, Lothar Zagrosek and Massimo Zanetti.

Engagements in 2017 included Bass 1 in Purcell’s KING ARTHUR at the Staatsoper Berlin, Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s LEONORE in Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne and Baden-Baden with Freiburger Barockorchester, the title role in DON GIOVANNI with Opera East, Mahler’s DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION in Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Budapest and Krakow with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Telemann’s BROCKES PASSION in Wroclaw and Legnica with Il Giardino Armonico, Gade’s ELVERSKUD in Copenhagen with Concerto Copenhagen, Bach’s MAGNIFICAT with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, an Opera Gala at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival and arias and duets by Mozart in Antwerp, Bruges, Würzburg, Bergen, Beaune with B’Rock.

2018 has so far included the title role in DON GIOVANNI at the Norwegian National Opera, Germont in LA TRAVIATA with Opera Trondheim, Bach’s ST JOHN PASSION in Bamberg with Bamberg Symphoniker, Telemann’s BROCKES PASSION in Budapest with Orfeo Orchestra, Verdi’s REQUIEM in Oslo with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Mahler’s KINDERTOTENLIEDER in Oslo as well as in Hasvik and Alta, arias by Mozart in Finnmark, Schumann’s DICHTERLIEBE and Grieg’s VINJE-SONGS in Oslo and a highly acclaimed Lied-recital at the Eppaner Lied Festival (directed by the legendary Brigitte Fassbaender).

Johannes has recorded the title role in DON GIOVANNI, Don Pizarro in LEONORE, Telemann’s BROCKES PASSION, Haydn’s DIE SCHÖPFUNG, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION as well as ST JOHN PASSION – all with René Jacobs, Haydn’s APPLAUSUS with Andreas Spering, Achilla in GIULIO CESARE and Licaone in Handel’s GIOVE IN ARGO with Alan Curtis, David in Staale Kleiberg’s DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, Ståle Kleiberg’s MASS FOR A MODERN MAN with Trondheim Sinfonietta and a highly acclaimed CD with songs by Grieg.

August 2018

Mozart – DON GIOVANNI / Don Giovanni
Norwegian National Opera
Enrique Mazzola, conductor

Elling, Tveitt – ARIAS
Oslo
Ingar Bergby, conductor / Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Mahler – KINDERTOTENLIEDER
Stavanger
Christian Vasquez, conductor / Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Mozart – REQUIEM
Oslo
Håkon Nystedt, conductor

Brahms – EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
Oslo
Carl Høgset, conductor

Bach – CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Oslo
Marius Skjølaas, conductor / Paulus Baroque

Britten – BILLY BUDD / Mr. Flint
Norwegian National Opera
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Mendelssohn – DIE ERSTE WALPURGISNACHT
Brussels, Antwerp
David Afkham, conductor / Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bach – ST MATTHEW PASSION
Paris
Vaclav Luks, conductor / Orchestre National de France

Beethoven – MISSA SOLEMNIS
Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cologne, Freiburg, Oviedo, Bucharest
René Jacobs, conductor / Freiburger Barockorchester

Handel – ARIODANTE / Re di Scozia
Festival TBA
Andrea Marcon, conductor

Grieg – PEER GYNT / Peer
Warsaw
Bjarte Engeset, conductor / Warsaw Philharmonic

Beethoven – LEONORE / Don Pizarro
Bucharest
René Jacobs, conductor / Freiburger Barockorchester

Mozart – ARIAS AND DUETS
Lyon, Ghent, Spain
René Jacobs, conductor / B’Rock Orchestra

Humperdinck – HÄNSEL UND GRETEL / Peter
Norwegian National Opera
NN, conductor

Mendelssohn – PAULUS
Porto
Olari Elts, conductor / Symphony Orchestra of Porto

Schumann – GENOVEVA / Siegfried
Helsinki
Aapo Häkkinen, conductor / Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

August 2018

Barytonen Johannes Weisser studerte ved Norges Musikkhøgskole og ved Operaakademiet i København.

Siden sin debut på Den Norske Opera og på Komische Oper Berlin i 2004, har Johannes Weisser etablert seg som en av sin generasjons ledende barytoner.

Han har vært engasjert på en rekke ledende operahus og festivaler som Staatsoper Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Bilbao, Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra de Dijon, Canadian Opera, Det Kongelige Teater i København, Salzburger Festspiele, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Festival de Radio France, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival van Vlaandern, Festspillene i Bergen, Olavsfestdagene, Risør Kammermusikkfestival, Vestfold Festspillene, Lofoten Kammermusikkfestival og Hardanger Musikkfest.

Han er en meget etterspurt konsertsanger og opptrer regelmessig i mange av Europas største konserthus. Han samarbeider med flere av verdens ledende dirigenter som Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Ottavio Dantone, Stéphane Denève, Laurence Equilbey, Adam Fischer, Patrick Fournillier, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Juanjo Mena, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, Andris Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko, George Petrou og Christophe Rousset.

Johannes Weisser har etablert seg som Norges mest etterspurte fortolker av “Lieder”. Han opterer jevnlig med pianister som Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse, Søren Rastogi og Christian Ihle Hadland i konserthus og på festivaler i inn og utland.

Han har gjort en lang rekke CD og DVD-innspillinger, blant annet tittelrollen i Mozarts Don Giovanni, Bachs Matteuspasjon og Johannespasjon, Telemann’s Brockes Passion, Mozarts Requiem og Haydns Skapelsen (alle med René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi), Haydns Applausus (Capriccio), Licaone i Händels Giove in Argo (Virgin Classics), Achilla i Händels Giulio Cesare (Naïve), David i Ståle Kleibergs David og Bathsheba (2L) og en kritiker-rost solo-CD med sanger av Grieg (Simax).

Fremtidige opera og konsert oppgaver bringer han til Paris, Wien, Brussel, Zürich, Madrid, Lisboa, Budapest, Amsterdam og Lausanne.

November 2017