Jens Krogsgaard - Tenor and Stage Director
The hallmark of Jens Krogsgaard is his ability to create strong authentic characters on stage, combining strong skills both as an actor and as a singer.
He made his debut at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 2002 as Captain Vere in Billy Budd, with considerable success.
The readers of the Danish opera magazine Ascolta chose his portrayal of Captain Vere as “Best operatic performance of the year”. It also won him a nomination in the category Singer of the year at the Årets Reumert 2003 (Danish Theater Award Show).
He made his debut at The Danish National Opera (DNO) in 1996, as Tom Rakewell in The Rakes Progress by Stravinsky. 1999-2007 he was a member of the ensemble at DNO, where he developed from a lyric to a dramatic/character tenor, with parts such as Peter Grimes, Hoffmann and Max.
2016 he staged the successful world premiere of Chains (Lænker) by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen at Aarhus Sommeropera (Libretto by the composer and Jens Krogsgaard). In 2019 he staged the world premiere of Little Soldier (Lille Soldat) by Niels Marthinsen at Den Fynske Opera in Odense
In 2022 he staged the worldpremiere of Grænsemageren by Bo Gunge for Opera på Grænsen/South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
2004 he created and staged The Poet at DNO, based on Dichterliebe by Schumann and other poems by H. Heine.
He is teaching voice and musicdrama at The Royale Academy of Music in Aarhus (since 2018) and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (2009-2022).
Jens Krogsgaard has worked with conductors and stage directors such as Marcus Bosch, Thomas Adés, M. Aeschbacher, M. Jurowsky, Ion Marin, Tamas Vetö, G. Bellincampi, M. Schønwandt, Kasper Holten, Graham Vick and Jonathan Miller.
He has recorded Sinfonia Interna by Rued Langgaard, with the Symphony orchestra of Aarhus, Dichterliebe with Ulrich Stærk at the piano, and Rued Langgaard – 18 songs (DACOCD 771) with Jan Ole Christiansen at the piano.
Stage director - L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi (The Royal Academy of Music/Bora Bora), Stage director - Grænsemageren by Bo Gunge (Opera på Grænsen/Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester)
Stage director - Grænser for venskab by Bo Gunge (Opera på Grænsen)
Stage director - Lille Soldat (Little Soldier) by Niels Marthinsen (Den Fynske Opera)
Stage director - Flavio, Re de’ Longobardi by Händel (Aarhus Symfoniske Orgelfestival/DJM)
Hr. Leonard in Maskarade by C. Nielsen (Den Fynske Opera) and Erasmus von Rotterdam in Schlag Sie Tot! by Bo Holten (Aarhus Symphony Orchestra)
Stage director and librettist - Chains by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen (Aarhus Sommeropera)
Oedipus in Oedipus Rex by I. Stravinsky (OperaVoces) and Hr. Leonard in Maskarade by C. Nielsen (Den Fynske Opera)
The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel by Humberdinck (Teatro Comunale Bolzano), Altoum in Turandot (Opernfestspiele Heidenheim), The Doctor (Overlægen) in 1/2lelujah - Egoland The Opera by John Frandsen (Aarhus Sommeropera)
The Stage Manager in The Orchestra Pit (Orkestergraven) by Bo Gunge (Den Fynske Opera)
Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach (Hebbel Theater Berlin)
Podesta in La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart (Esbjerg), Count Albert in Die Tote Stadt by Korngold (DNO) The Witch in Hansel und Gretel by Humperdinck (Operaen I Midten), Siegmund in Die Walküre 1.act in concert (Theater Vorpommern) and “The Singer” in The American by Fuzzy (Freeze-production).
Jakob Skomager in Jeppe på Bjerget by Lorentzen (DNO), Helges Angst in Helges Leben by Obermüller/Moebius (Theater Bielefeld)
Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer (DNO) and Walther von Der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser (Flensburg)
Max in Das Freischütz (DNO) and Florestan in Fidelio (DNO)
Canio in Pagliacci (DNO), Tristan in Tristanund Isolde 2.act in concert (Rostock), Vitek in The Makropolus Case by Janacék and Froh in Das Rheingold (Royal Opera, Copenhagen) and Julian in Skriftestolen by Niels Marthinsen (DNO).
Caliban in The Tempest by T.Adés (Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Calaf in Turandot (Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Froh in Das Rheingold (Royal Opera, Copenhagen) and Valzzachi in Der Rosenkavalier (DNO).
Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach, The Poet in The Poet and the Death by F.Schumann/M.Musorgsky and Einvald Deyk in Vice and Virtue in the Middle Time by John Frandsen (Aarhus Sommer Opera).
Lensky in Eugen Onegin by Tjaikowsky (DNO) and Camille de Rosillon in Die Lustige Witve by Léhar (DNO).
Captain Vere in Billy Budd by B.Britten(Royal Opera, Copenhagen), Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly by G.Puccini (DNO) and Leander in Maskarade by C.Nielsen (DNO).
Cavaradossi in Tosca by G.Puccini (DNO), Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes by B.Britten (DNO), Spolleta in Tosca by G.Puccini (DNO) and The Professor in Loppen og Professoren by E.Ørum von Spreckelsen (Den Fynske Opera).
Rane Johnsen in Drot og Marsk by P.Heise (DNO).
Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by Mozart (DNO), 1.Jude in Salome by Strauss (DNO) and Remendado in Carmen by Bizet (DNO).
Sou-Chong in Das Land des Lächelns by F.Lehár (DNO), Ein Junge Diener in Elektra by R.Strauss (DNO), Titus Vespasianus in La Clemenza di Tito by W.A.Mozart (Aarhus Sommer Opera), The Knigh in The Anatomy by L.Klit (DNO), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte by W.A.Mozart (DNO) and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini (DNO).
Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini (DNO), Gaston in La Traviata by G.Verdi (DNO) and Camille de Rosillon in Die Lustige Witve by F.Lehár (Det Ny Teater)
Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress by I.Stravinsky (DNO).
Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia by B.Britten (Aarhus Sommer Opera) and Gilgamesh in Gilgamesh by Per Nørgård (Aarhus, Göteborg and Oslo)
” 4 ” in Titanics Undergang by K.Å.Rasmussen (DNO).
Messias and Acis and Galatea by Händel, Johannes Passion (evangelist) by Bach, Die Schöpfung by Haydn, Elias by Mendelsohn, Requiem by Mozart, Verdi, Dvorak and Lloyd Webber, 9. Symphony by Beethoven, Stabat Mater by Dvorak, On Wenlock Edge by R. Vaughan Williams, Winterreise, Die Schöne Müllerinand Schwanengesang by Schubert and Dichterliebe by Schumann.
In 1995 Jens Krogsgaard was awarded the HN-Prize, in 1996 the Veuve Clicqout Musik Prize and in 1997 the Edith Aller Memorial Prize.