Jens Søndergaard, baritone

Biography

Jens was born in Herning, Denmark. As a boy he was part of the Boys choir in Herning. Alongside studying at the Opera Academy he was briefly a semi-professional football player at Fremad Amager in Copenhagen but decided to focus his energy on a career as an opera singer.

He graduated from the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen in 2003 and made his debut from the Royal Academy of Music in 2005.

His recent and future engagements include Onegin (Eugene Onegin) and Wanderer (Siegfried) at Den Norske Opera, Wotan (Siegfried), Ford (Falstaff) at Den Ny Opera, Scarpia (Tosca) with Lyngby Taarbæk Symphony Orchestra, also Escamillo (Carmen), Amonasro (Aida), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Marcello (La boheme), Don Giovanni and Scarpia (Tosca) at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

During past season he sung Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Don Fernando (Fidelio) at The Royal Danish Opera, Archidiaconus (Notre Dame of F. Schmidt) at Theater St. Gallen, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) at Den Ny Opera, Esbjerg, Johannespassion with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven 9th with Arctic Philharmonic, among others.

From 2004-07 he was a part of the soloist ensemble at DNT Weimar. From 2007-17 he worked as a freelance singer and from 2017-19 he was part of the soloist ensemble at the Royal Opera of Copenhagen. His operatic repertoire is wide ranging from the baroque to contemporary music. In the last 2 years he has moved into roles such as Onegin, Scarpia and Wotan (Rheingold).

As a concert singer he is frequently engaged with the major orchestras in Denmark performing Ein Deutsches Requiem, The Messiah, St. Matthew Passion etc.

He has been working with conductors such as Jun Märkl, Alexander Vedernikov, Michal Schönwandt, Jac Van Steen, Eric Ericson.

Jens has received numerous awards such as Aksel Schiøtz prize, Aalborg opera prize, AM Mortensen scholarship, etc.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera roles

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Escamillo

Gaetano Donizetti

L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Belcore

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI FAN TUTTE/Don Alfonso
COSI FAN TUTTE/Guglielmo
DON GIOVANNI/Don Giovanni
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/The Count
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papageno

Carl Nielsen

MASKARADE/ Henrik

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Marcello
LA BOHEME/Schaunard
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST/Sonora
TOSCA/Scarpia

Franz Schmidt

NOTRE DAME/ Archidiaconus

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

EUGENE ONEGIN/Eugene Onegin

Richard Wagner

DAS RHEINGOLD/Donner
DAS RHEINGOLD/Wotan
SIEGFRIED/ Wotan
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion BWV 245
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Mass in B minor BWV 232
Weihnachtsoratorium

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem

Maurice Duruflé

Requiem

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem

Franz Joseph Haydn

Die Schöpfung

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Felix Mendelssohn

Elias

Gioacchino Rossini

Stabat Mater

Camille Saint-Saëns

Oratorio de Noël

John Stainer

The Crucifixion
Press Service

Photo by Miklos Szabo

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