Magnus VIGILIUS  Heldentenor


Awarded with the renowned Reumert Prize 2018 as best Singer oft he Year for his interpretation of SIEGMUND in “Die Walküre” at the Den Ny Opera in Denmark

“Magnus Vigilius is vocally and dramatically an excellent Steva, his tenor voice has developed to international dimensions.”    Sarah Louise Pedersen, Fyens Stiftstidende

In 2020 Magnus Vigilius makes his debut as FROH in the new production of the RING at the Bayreuth Festival. His first FROH, he sang in May 2018 with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. After his successful debut as SIEMUND at the NY Opera, he sings this role also in 2019 at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli.

International guest appearances brought the Danish tenor lately to the Janacek Opera House in Brno, die Scottish Opera in Edinburgh, die Danish National Opera in Copenhagen, to the Den Fynsken Opera in Odense and the Opéra Dijon. In 2018 he made his successful debut as RADAMES at the Halle Opera House and as STEVA and CAVARADOSSI at the Royal Opera Stockholm.

After graduating at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Drama, he continued his vocal studies with Tonny Landy and Stig Fogh Andersen in Denmark and Professor Douglas Yates (USA). In spring 2010 he was awarded with The Funen Opera’s Lars Waage Prize.

2007 Magnus became a member of the The Funen Opera ensemble, where he portrayed RODOLFO in “La Bohème”, DON JOSE in Carmen or PINKERTON in “Madama Butterfly”. He also sang in several world premieres of contemporary Danish operas.

While still singing these roles, Magnus Vigilius changed in 2012 to the German and Slavic dramatic repertoire, singing such parts as STEVA, BORIS in “Katja Kabanova”, MAX in “Der Freischütz”, ERIK in “Der Fliegender Holländer”. He completed his studies with the Heldentenor Torsten Kerl.

In May 2014 Magnus won the 2nd prize and The Orchestra Prize of the Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition.

Among his many appearances, his CAVARADOSSI at Opera in Provinsen in 2013 is particularly worth mentioning. Other highlights include STEVA both at the Scottish Opera and the Danish National Opera in the production of Annilese Miskimmon (2015) or ANTHICHRIST in “The Scarlet-Coloured Beast” at the Rued Langgaard Festival.

Last season he could be seen as ERIK at the Opera paa Skäret. He returned to the Danish National Opera as PINKERTON and sang BORIS in “Katja Kabanová” with Robert Carsen as stage director. Moreover, he was PINKERTON and CAVARADOSSI at the Czech National Opera.

Future Engagements take him as STEVA in “Jenufa” to the Opéra de Dijon and Caen,as BORIS in “Katja Kabanova “ and MICHEL in Martinus’ “Juliette” to the Janacek Theatre in Brno, as SIEGMUND to the Opera House Kiel, as SIEGFRIED in “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung” to the Saarbrücken State Theatre and STOLZING in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” to the Opera House Leipzig.


Opernhaus Halle – Aida - RADAMES
Magnus Vigilius as Radames with his distinctive tenor voice leads the soloists. Effortlessly, he manages to sing even the long-lasting high tones and intensly performs the phrases onto the end.
Opernwelt 3/ 2018 Nora Sophie Kienast
With a perfect voice Magnus Vigilius fascinates as Radames.
Orpheus 2/2018 Herbert Henning
Tenor Magnus Vigilius convinces:
Of the soloists I especially liked the bright timbred, completely clear-focused and highnote-secure Tenor Magnus Vigilius.
MDR-Kultur - Bettina Volksdorf
At the helm of the soloist squad: Magnus Vigilus as a steady and highnote-secure beamingman Radamčs.
NMZ - Joachim Lange
Magnus Vigilius delighted with his flawless voice as Radames.
MusikTheater-Magazin Orpheus - Herbert Henning
Magnus Vigilius, as Radames, presents himself as a brilliant tenor.
Schwäbische - Christel Voith
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Magnus Vigilius' Siegmund is the vocal highlight of the production. His voluminous sound has effortless superiority and a natural authority, which makes him an obvious candidate for the Wagner-tenor of his generation.
Fyens Stiftstidende - Lene Kryger
The tenor Magnus Vigilius, who has begun to take exciting steps towards the Wagner hero-world, is a strong and youthful Siegmund. Bodily and vocally slim and virile. At the premiere on Friday, Vigilius was generous with of a couple of long 'Wälse cries' when he from his imprisoned despair was forced to call on his wolf father, and later he acknowledged Sieglinde's sister love with an excellent 'Winterstürme'
Politiken - Thomas Michelsen
Siegmund is sung by Magnus Vigilius, a young heldentenor in an enormous development.
Gregers Dirchnick Holmfeldt
Den Jyske Opera - Madama Butterfly - PINKERTON
As the American navy officer Pinkerton, who enriches and later destroys Butterfly's life, Magnus Vigilius delivered a very convincing performance. From the deeply unsympathetic, through the infatuated, to the despicable coward; in all of this developmentments of Pinkerton's character, Magnus Vigilius proved to be both a magnificent tenor and a fine actor. It was both gruesome and good to experience.
Aarhus Stiftstidende - Februar 2016
Magnus Vigilius, known and loved from the Funen Opera, who in 2014 caused a stir winning the second Prize of the Lauritz Melcchior International Singing Competition, has a straight, slender and fabulous tenor-voice. He sings out Pinkerton's high notes with security and beauty. I don't recall any Danish tenor did so before him.
Ars Artis - Februar 2016
The tenderness, which Magnus Vigilius radiates in his voice and movements is deeply touching.
Fyens Stiftsidend - Februar 2016
The bright sounding tenor Magnus Vigilius as Pinkerton is cold as ice and yet ardent in the right moments.
Weekendavisen - Februar 2016
Den Jyske Opera - Jenufa - STEVA
Magnus Vigilius portrayed the role of Steva perfectly right and touching. His intelligent singing technique promises an interesting carreer in a rare "Fach".
jcKlassik - John Christiansen - August 2015
The Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius as the cowardly, drunken Steva is the perfect cast for the role. A promising development in the dramatic direction.
Politiken - Thomas Michelsen - August 2015
Opernhaus Halle - Aida - Radames
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Den Ny Opera – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Nationaloper Brno - Tosca -CAVARADOSSI
Opera paa Skäret - Der Fliegende Holländer - ERIK