David DANHOLT Tenor


“A Danish tenor of beautiful tone and elegantly polished phrasing”
(Seattle Times)

"In the title role, the Danish tenor David Danholt captivates with his strong shining voice."
Der neue Merker (Tobias an the Angel)

David Danholt won the First Prize at the 2014 Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition and the 2009 Reumert Talent Award. He studied at the Royal Academy of the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, and completed his studies in a soloist class at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen. A regular guest of the Jyske Opera since the start of his career, he sang NEMORINO, the title role in FAUST, DON OTTAVIO, TAMINO, IDOMENEO, ALFREDO, and his first Wagner roles: the STEERSMAN in “Der Fliegende Holländer” and YOUNG SAILOR & SHEPHERD in “Tristan und Isolde”. His engagements brought him to the most important major theatres and festivals. He sang the SS – OFFICER in “The Passenger”, both at the Bregenz Festival and the Teatro Real in Madrid (a production now available on Neos Blu Ray and DVD), ARINDAL in “Die Feen” and CLAUDIO “Das Liebesverbot” at the Leipzig Opera House, LYSANDER (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and EURIMACO in “Il ritornod’Ulisse” at the Royal Danish Opera, ROBERT LANYON in “Dr Jekylls Advokat” with Den Fynske Opera or JENIK in “The Bartered Bride” at the Mainz State Theatre . He made his UK debut as IDOMENEO with the Grange Park Opera and sang ARINDAL for the Chelsea Opera Group. Recently, he returned to the UK to sing Carl Nielsen’s “Hymnus Amoris” with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for his debut at the 2015 BBC Proms with Fabio Luisi.

Among his current engagements his appearances at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, as BARON LUMMER in “Intermezzo” and ERIK in “Der Fliegende Holländer” at the Seattle Opera or the PRINCE in “Rusalka” at the Arizona Opera are particularly worth mentioning. Other engagements took the artist as ERIK to the Florentine Opera Company, as FLORESTAN in “Leonore” to the Buxton Festival Opera, as TOBIAS in “Tobias and the Angel” to the Bavarian Radio Ofrechestra,as TAMINO to Valdemars Castle Summer Opera, as EISENSTEIN and Carl Nielsen’s “Springtime” to Funen, as ACCURATO/ANDRE BYGNINGER to Den Fynske Opera. David Danholt is also a much sought-after concert singer. He performed a.o. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and the Messiah with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, CANDIDE and ELIJAH with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Rued Langgard’s “Antichrist” at the Ribe Cathedral and Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

David Danholt works with renowned conductors both in opera and concert, including Fabio Luisi, Carlo Rizzi, Nicholas Braithwaite, Nicholas Kraemer, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Joseph Rescigno, Tobias Ringborg, Michael Schönwandt, Stefan Solyom, Constantin Trinks, Jin Wang, Hilary DavanWetton and Dominic Wheeler.

Concert engagements include performances with orchestras such as the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra or the Orquestra Metropolitana from Lisboa a.m.o.

In the season 16/17 his engagements include WALTER in “Die Passagierin” (Florida Grand Opera), ERIK in “Der Fliegende Holländer” at the Seattle Opera, FLORESTAN in “Leonore” at the Buxton Festival, the PRINCE in “Rusalka” at the Arizona Opera and ERIK at the Festival in Oberammergau. David Danholt also portrays ARNDT in “Der Ring des Polykrates” at the Dallas Opera and BARON LUMMER (Intermezzo) in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Moreover, he is ERIK in a festival production of „Der fliegende Holländer“ Oberammergau Passion Theatre.


Passionstheater Oberammergau – Der fliegende Holländer - ERIK
…as regards the art of phrasing and dramatic expression the danish tenor David Danholt iwas in no way inferior to him.
Buxton Festival Opera - Leonore -FOLRESTAN
“…with young David Danholt making an extremely good impression as Florestan.”
The Arts Desk
“David Danholt had all too little to sing, but gave a pellucid Florestan with a light cream tone and a clear sense of line. “
“David Danholt’s Florestan is bold and bracing.”
The Guardian
“”David Danholt’s was a firm Florestan…”
“The singing was overall excellent. Scott Wilde's assured Rocco, Kristy Swift's bright Marzelline and David Danholt's anguished Florestan particularly stood out.”
Opera Journal
“Danholt was an ideal Florestan…”
Planet Hugill
“David Danholt fielded a strong lyric tenor tone with a touch of baritonal hue that was up to the vocal demands of his opening lines and the dramatic remainder of act three.”
Seen and Heard International
“David Danholt brings intensity to Florestan’s music…”
The Sunday Times
Munich Radio Orchestra- Tobias and the Angel - TOBIAS
"In the title role, the Danish tenor David Danholt captivates with his strong shining voice."
Der neue Merker
Rusalka / Arizona Opera - Rusalka - PRINCE
“…the singing in this production is great, with opening-night leads Sara Gartland and David Danholt delivering ravishingly nuanced arias. Their tragic finale is sung to melancholy perfection.”
Arizona Republic
Den Jyske Opera - FAUST
“In the title role David Danolt performs splendidly. He has a pleasant bright and clear tenor voice and acts with great intensity.
Den Jyske Opera - Don Giovanni - DON OTTAVIO
“David Danholt’s voice is strong and juicy…”
“High praise for David Danholt’s splendid singing in two of Mozart’s finest and best known arias.”
“David Danholt’s ever growing voice sings a Don Ottavio so sensitive and expressive that the role becomes one of the most important in the opera.”
“The always excellent David Danholt turns the usually pale Don Ottavio into a moving, heroic character.”
Grange Park Opera - IDOMENEO
"…David Danholt copes convincingly with the grand demands of the title role."
The Daily Telegraph
“…the sheer beauty and power of his tone delineate a flawed grandeur.”
The Guardian
“David Danholt supplies a powerful portrait of the Cretan King, Idomeneo…”
Oxford Times
“Danholt's performance was riveting, he never, ever relaxed; this Idomeneo was the coiled spring at the heart of the drama.”
Planet Hugill
Den Jyske Opera - Die Zauberflöte - TAMINO
“David Danholt delivers your money’s worth with his powerful tenor and convincing portrait of the brave young prince.”
“…David Danholt just gets better and better, with his beautifully ringing and even tenor.”
Fyens Stiftstidende
“David Danholt’s accomplished Mozart singing was enjoyable from the first moment.”
Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten
“David Danholt, who has just received the Music Critics Circle’s Artist’s Prize, is a superb Tamino. His German is flawless and clear…his well-grounded tenor is right on the mark as the prince.”
Chelsea Opera Group - Die Feen - ARINDAL
“…the likeable tenor hero David Danholt. This is a gleaming, youthful voice…”
The Arts Desk
“…David Danholt offered a tenor of impressive heft and no little tenderness.”
“…David Danholt veered convincingly between fearlessness and helplessness as Arindal…”
Classical Source
“David Danholt was a tirelessly eloquent Arindal…”
The Guardian
“David Danholt did miracles with the near-unsingable role of Ada’s human husband.”
“…standout performances came from Elizabeth Meister as Arindal’s sister…and David Danholt as Arindal whose rounded tenor voice possessed a brilliantly striking edge.”
Music OMH
“David Danholt, a rising ‘young-hero- tenor’ from Denmark was a sturdy Arindal…”
“…his tenor has a pleasing ringing quality well suited to Wagner’s music.”
Opera Britannia
“…with Danish tenor David Danholt singing strongly in the role of Arindal…”
Word Press
Seattle Opera - Der fliegende Holländer - ERIK
“Erik, sung by David Danholt had a forceful voice and his final declaration of love for Senta was sung with supreme earnestness.”
National Business Review
“Winner of the 2014 Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition, David Danholt confirmed with this performance the smoothness and elegance of his singing, crowned with full, powerful high notes.”
“David Danholt’s Erik was sympathetic and well sung…”
Opera News
“David Danholt (one of the winners of Seattle Opera’s 2014 International Wagner Competition) sang with artful clarity as the ill-fated Erik.”
Seattle Times
Jyske Opera - Tristan und Isolde - YOUNG SEAMAn & SHEPHERD
“Unqualified praise to lyric tenor David Danholt for his singing as Sailor and Shepherd.”
“It is very rare to hear the roles of Sailor and Shepherd sung as well as they were by David Danholt.”
“As Sailor and Shepherd, David Danholt completes an impressive team of singers.”
Kristeligt Dagblad
“As for the tenor David Danholt, his singing of his two roles was lyric Wagner singing of a world class level.”
Buxton Festival Opera - Leonore - FLORESTAN
Buxton Festival Opera - Leonore - FLORESTAN
Jyske Oper - IDOMENEO
Oper Leipzig - Das Liebesverbot - CLAUDIO
Florentine Opera Compagny - Der Fliegende Holländer - ERIK
Royal Danisch Opera - Il ritono d'Ulysse - EURIMACO
Grange Park Opera - IDOMENEO
Arizona Opera - Rusalka - PRINZ