Simon Duus, bass-baritone

Biography

Bass-baritone Simon Duus (b. 1983) is a permanent member of the soloist ensemble at The Royal Danish Opera. He graduated from the Opera Academy at The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen in 2011 (singing class of Susanna Eken) and fromThe Royal Academy of Music Aarhus in 2015 (class of Bodil Øland). He was a student in the Mozart Class at Académie européènne at Festival Aix-en-Provênce 2010.

His versatile voice and performative skills cover roles in varying styles, fachs, and genres, ranging from an award-winning Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea to Julio the Butler in Adés’ The Exterminating Angel.

Season 22/23 holds the following in store: Escamillo (Carmen), Douphol (La traviata) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at The Royal Danish Opera, and concert performances of Haydn's Cäcilienmesse in Beirut, Brahms' Vier Ernste Gesänge in Copenhagen and Schubert's Winterreise with accordionist Bjarke Mogensen in Roskilde.

In season 2021/22 he created the role of Secret Lover of Mr. D in Krystian Lada’s pasticcio The Mysteries of Desire at The Royal Danish Theatre conducted by Ewa Strusinska to great reviews with compliments to his acting and singing in different genres. Other roles this season at The Royal Danish Opera are Zeta in on The Merry Widow, Schaunard in of La bohème and finally Ivan Jakovlevich and Coach in The Nose by Shostakovich. Furthermore multiple Christmas concerts as bass soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio and Händel’s The Messiah.

The last two seasons at The Royal Danish Opera, 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively, featured Simon Duus as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Henrik (Maskarade). Pre-pandemic productions include Baron Douphol (La traviata), Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) and Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia).

Other engagements were Lucifer in Langaard’s Antichrist at Langgaard Festival; Marsk Stig in Heise’s Drot og Marsk at Møllerup Gods, Jutland; and Masetto in Don Giovanni at Festival Gut Immling, Bayern. The scheduled role debuts of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos at The Royal Danish Theatre were unfortunately cancelled due to to the pandemic.

Other Mozart roles include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Alexis Kossenko at Gamle Scene, Copenhagen; Leporello in Don Giovanni in Lars Rudolfsson’s production and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte in Tobias Theorell’s production, both conducted by Henrik Schaefer at Opera Hedeland.

Concert productions include Beethoven’s 9th and Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams and Jesus in Bach’s Matthäuspassion with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Schreiber in Jörg Widmann’s Babylon and Tutor/Mask Vendor in Nielsen’s Maskarade, both in Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Verdi Gala conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and New Year’s Eve Concert, both concerts with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at DR Koncerthusetand Händel arias with Lars Ulrik Mortensen and the European Union Baroque Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square, London.

Simon Duus received the prestigious “Bayreuth Scholarship” granted by The Danish Wagner Society in 2013.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera roles

Thomas Adés

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL/ Julio

Svitlana Azarova

MOMO AND THE TIME THIEVES/ Nicola

Leonard Bernstein

WONDERFUL TOWN/ Tourguide

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Morales

Gaetano Donizetti

L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Dulcamara

Franz Joseph Haydn

ORLANDO PALADINO/ Rodomonte

Georg Friedrich Händel

ARIODANTE/ Re di Scozia
APOLLO E DAPHNE/ Apollo

Peter Heise

DROT OG MARSK/ Jens Grand

Rued Langgaard

ANTIKRIST/ Lucifer

Franz Léhar

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/Baron Zeta

Claudio Monteverdi

L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA/Seneca
L'ORFEO/ Caronte
L'ORFEO/ Plutone
L'ORFEO/ Secondo Pastore

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI FAN TUTTE/Don Alfonso
DON GIOVANNI/Leporello
DON GIOVANNI/Masetto
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Figaro
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papageno

Modest Mussorgsky

BORIS GODUNOV/ Shchelkalov

Carl Nielsen

MASKARADE/ Henrik
MASKARADE/ Mask Vendor
MASKARADE/ Tutor

Francis Poulenc

DIALOGUES DE CARMELITES/ Officier
DIALOGUES DE CARMELITES/ Second commissioner

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Colline
LA BOHEME/Schaunard
TOSCA/Angelotti
TURANDOT/A Mandarin

Henry Purcell

KING ARTHUR/ Cold Genius

Emil Reesen

FARINELLI/ Domingo

Gioacchino Rossini

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA/Basilio
IL VIAGGIO A RHEIMS/ Don Prudenzio

Dmitry Shostakovich

THE NOSE/ Coach
THE NOSE/ Ivan Jakovlevich
THE NOSE/ Lacky

Stephen Joshua Sondheim

SWEENEY TODD/Anthony Hope

Richard Strauss

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/ Lakai
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/ Truffaldin

Giuseppe Verdi

OTELLO/ Montano
RIGOLETTO/ Ceprano
LA TRAVIATA/ Barone Douphol

Jörg Widmann

BABYLON/ Schreiber
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion BWV 245
Magnificat BWV 243
Mass in B minor BWV 232
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Various cantatas

Johannes Brahms

Vier ernste Gesänge

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Te Deum

Maurice Duruflé

Requiem

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem

Fredrik Friis

Songs of Nights and Stars

Franz Joseph Haydn

Cecilia Mass in C Major

Georg Friedrich Händel

Jephta
Solomon
Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate

Siobhan Lamb

Through The Mirror & Tales From Childhood

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mente ti lascio, o figlia
Per questa bella mano
Requiem KV 626

Carl Nielsen

Symphony no. 3 "Espansiva"

Francis Poulenc

Le bestiaire

Ralph Vaughan Williams

5 Mystical Songs
Songs of Travel

Giuseppe Verdi

Requiem

Hugo Wolf

Michelangelo Lieder
Review
DON GIOVANNI, Immling Festival, 2019
Passauer Neue Presse 22/07/19, Kirsten Benekam
Zerlina’s “betrayed” yet combative bridegroom Masetto (Simon Duus) scores with his fabulous voice and great talent for acting.
WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM, Musikkens Hus Aalborg
Nordjyske 21/12/18, Tore Mortensen
The bass Simon Duus had a stentorian voice and his phrases were chiseled in granite.
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Royal Danish Opera (Gamle Scene)
operatraveller.com 16/09/18
The singing was always honourable and frequently much more than that. Simon Duus was a wonderfully vivid Figaro. He successfully mapped his character’s emotional journey from love to jealousy, as well as his ingenuity in running rings around the Conte. Indeed, I’ve never heard ‘aprite un po’ quegl’occhi’ sung with such violent jealousy before. His rustic yet handsome baritone was always sung off the text and he was a highly engaging stage presence.
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL, Royal Danish Opera
Berlingske Tidende, 25/06/18, Søren Schauser
The best thing about the Opera’s production is nonetheless the singers themselves (…) with youngerrising stars like the countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen with the ever so musical Simon Duus by his side.
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Royal Danish Opera
Politiken, 28/01/12, Thomas Michelsen
In his roledebut as Rosina’s music teacher Don Basilio is the bass Simon Duus with the impressing physical height the silent movie star of the show. He is simply put both well-singing and a lot of fun to watch.
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Royal Danish Opera
cphpost.dk, 07/12/2017, Emma Barnett
The entire cast was spectacular (…) Simon Duus as Papageno was absolutely hilarious and brought the show to a new level.
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