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Ditte Højgaard Andersen  

soprano

Ditte Højgaard Andersen graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Opera in Copenhagen under Susanna Eken, and she is today recognized as one of Scandinavia’s leading coloratura sopranos. Her core repertoire is the virtuoso roles of the Baroque, but since recently it also comprises Mozart and Strauss. Ditte began her international career in the soloist ensemble on Deutsche Oper in Berlin (2006-08), and in recent years she has sung at several opera houses around Europe. Ditte is a much sought-after concert singer in, a.o., Handel’s The Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bachs St. Matthew and St. John Passions. In the season 2013/14, Ditte toured Europe with Les Musiciens du Louvre and the conductor Marc Minkowski in Bach’s St. John Passion, also recorded on CD. She is even featured on recordings of La Clemenza di Tito with Adam Fischer; as Bauci in Gluck’s Bauci e Filemone, Cirene in Aristeo with Christophe Rousset, Artenice in Terradella’s Sesotri as well as on a CD with arias and cantatas from the Italian Baroque for Berlin Classics.

Live Dates

22/07/2015   Gramophone Editor's Choice for Maskarade
Vores nye Maskarade-indspilning med DR SymfoniOrkestret og Michael Schønwandt høster i disse dage fornemme roser hos de engelske kritikere - bl.a. en Editor's Choice i Gramophone.
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03/06/2015   Video trailer: MASKARADE
New video from the recording sessions for Carl Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" in DR Koncerthuset
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04/10/2010   DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Vocal Release of the Year
En håndfuld sjældent hørte Nielsen-kantater løb med P2 Prisen for Årets Vokaludgivelse 2010
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29/09/2010   DR P2 Prisen 2010

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01/12/2016   Opernwelt

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Brillieren kann vor allem Johan Reuter, als Heldenbariton gegenwärtig einer der Großen Europas"
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01/10/2016   Die deutsche Bühne

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Man hört einfach gerne wahnsinnig gerne zu. Selbst der dänischen Sprache!"
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29/07/2016   Ballet Review

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "The many pleasures of this very Danish score (with touches of Verdi’s Falstaff) seem to come naturally to Johan Reuter as Henrik, Niels Jørgen Riis and Dénise Beck as the lovers, and Anne Margrethe Dahl and Stephen Billing as Leander’s parents." [..]
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10/07/2016   Nordische Musik

MARTIN LUTZ: THERE IS A SPELL UPON YOUR LIPS
5/6 Stars

Es ist schön zu sehen, wie er den direkten Zugang zum »einfachen« Publikum nicht verweigert und doch kunstvolle, moderne Chormusik verfasst.
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31/05/2016   jcklassisk

MARTIN LUTZ There is a spell upon your lips
[..] "Det er gjort så fint og afbalanceret, at man som lytter indlever sig i den, som man kan gøre det i religiøs musik fra Mozart til Stravinskij, men den er som nævnt også tilsat et anderledes, spændende ”moderne” element, om man vil. [..]
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01/03/2016   Nouveauté

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
4/4 Stars

[..] "Cette interprétation séduit totalement tant elle répand bonne humeur et humour tout en magnifiant les trésors de la partition." [..]
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01/02/2016   International Opera Awards

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
Nominated, Best Complete Opera (CD)
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01/02/2016   Opera News

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
CRITIC'S CHOICE 'A pleasant discovery awaits many listeners'
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22/01/2016   American Record Guide

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
CRITICS CHOICE 2016 "Chorus and orchestra are incontestably authoritative. The sound is superbly vivid. As I have said before, jaded opera lovers, who think there are no new discoveries to be had, should rush to secure this recording while it lasts. It, and the work itself, are irresistible!"
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01/01/2016   The Irish Times

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Well sung and interpreted as here, Maskarade deserves to be much more widely known."
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01/12/2015   L'Avant-Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Malgré quelques faiblesses dans la distribution qui n'entachent pas gravement la réussite du projet, Schønwandt a donc eu pleinement raison de confir aux micros Dacapo sa novelle version de cette œuvre jubilatoire."
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01/12/2015   nmz – neue musikzeitung

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Überraschend ist die Fülle herausragender Opernaufnahmen, allen voran Carl Nielsens "Maskarade" exemplarisch unter Schønwandt"
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11/11/2015   Audiophile Audition

CARL NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"With the excellence of the cast, completely delightful and engaging, plus the radiant playing of the DNSO under Michael Schonwandt in sound that is state of the art and wonderfully balanced, this is simply the recording to own."
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10/11/2015   Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
3/4 Stars

"[..] un excellent chef danois de réputation internationale (Michael Schønwandt) et une belle brochette de chanteurs, majoritairement danois."
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01/11/2015   Oper!

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"(...) Und für die jüngste Einspielung der Maskarade sind es erneut Chor und Nationalorchester, die unter der federnden, buffoleichten und temperamentvollen Leitung von Michael Schønwandt diese melodiös funkelnde, vor witzigen tonsetzerischen Einfällen nur so sprühende Opernrarität für das dänische Label Dacapo aufgenommen haben. Entstanden ist eine Einspielung, die rundum überzeugt..."
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01/11/2015   New Classics

Martin Lutz: There is a spell upon your lips
“Martin Lutz is an artist with bold strokes, in terms of both style and genre”
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01/11/2015   Diapason

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "je suis convaincu que cet enregistrement aura conduit de nombreux amateurs d'opéra vers cette célébration musicale de l'amour et de la vie."[..]
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14/10/2015   Concerto Net

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Maskarade, a lasting cornerstone within Danish culture"
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13/10/2015   Opera Now

Nielsen: Maskarade
"…interesting, enjoyable and worth investigating"
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06/10/2015   Diapason d'Or - Octobre 2015

Maskarade - Diapason d'Or
5/5 Stars

"La baguette alerte et subtile de Michael Schønwandt est aussi à l’aise dans le ton XVIIIe que dans la veine populair."
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01/10/2015   Klassiekezaken

Bruisende muziek
"Nielsen wilde Le nozze di Figaro, Falstaff en Die Meistersinger naar de kroon steken en dat is hem voortreffelijk gelukt."
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01/10/2015   Das Opernglas

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Vom Danish National Symphony Orchestra unter der Leitung von Michael Schønwandt liegt nun das Werk des dänischen Nationalkomponisten in einer im vergangenen Jahr entstandenen beachtenswerten Einspielung vor..."
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01/10/2015   Ascolta

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Det er blevet en helt rigtig Maskarade til tiden"
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies

"Few works underscore Nielsen’s desire to overturn the old order better than this, a snapshot from 1906 of a changing Denmark that advocates art for all and freedom in youth. It’s full of marvellous tunes and orchestral joie de vivre, particularly in this new recording. Not many composers can tread the line between profundity and froth, but Nielsen does so deliciously even when the opera collapses into a cavalcade of partying."
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16/09/2015   The Guardian

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Cast, conductor and orchestra relish every bar"
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08/09/2015   American Record Guide

Martin Lutz: There Is a Spell upon Your Lips
"All the singers and players, in fact, are excellent."
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07/09/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The singing on this Dacapo set is just fabulous; it’s consistently accurate and imaginative… This gorgeous set confirms Michael Schønwandt as a Nielsen conductor of rare distinction; a Maskarade for the ages."
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
6/6 Stars

"Denne udgaves virkelige trumfkort er Michael Schønwandt og det virtuost spillende DR Symfoniorkestret"
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01/09/2015   BBC Music

Nielsen: Maskarade
5/5 Stars

Nielsen for the modern age
"Micheal Schønwandt conducts with great detail and sweep"
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21/08/2015   Musicweb International

Nielsen: Maskarade
*RECORDING OF THE MONTH*
This is a wonderful set, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Offhand it’s hard to imagine a happier celebration of Nielsen’s 150th anniversary.
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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben und da auch Schoenwandt die leichte und spritzige Musik des Komponisten mit viel Sinn für den klugem Witz auf die höhere Qualitätsschiene hebt, ist alles vereint, um dem Hörer zwei vergängliche Stunden mit geistreicher, sprühender Musik zu garantieren."
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29/07/2015   BBC Music Magazine

Nielsen: Maskarade
"This latest CD boasts probably the strongest cast on record so far. The mighty bass Stephen Milling catches the ageing paterfamilias Jeronimus’s comically fallible humanity likeably."
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24/07/2015   Gramophone EDITOR's CHOICE

Nielsen: Maskarade
"As with Scriabin, Nielsen’s anniversary invites us to reassess the composer with new recordings, in this case a fourth—and successful—outing on disc for Maskarade."
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17/07/2015   The Times

Simple and sunny - is this really Carl Nielsen?
4/5 Stars

"This exemplary new studio recording is a must-have… Here is a cast whose singing brings the comedy to life under the expert baton of Michael Schønwandt. Enjoy two hours of top-notch light music and brush up your Danish in the process."
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13/07/2015   SA-CD.net

Nielsen: Maskarade
"Throughout, Michael Schønwandt keeps an iron grip, particularly on the pacing of the sometimes quite complex interactions of soloists and choir. He also ensures that the many dances have rhythmic spring and lilt, and that there are plenty of major contrasts in both speed and dynamics as Nielsen’s score demands. The soloists are in top voice (...) Their comical mocking voices and sneering descriptions of character friends are well done and amusing. It is immediately obvious that the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir are also fired up, keeping the listener in thrall throughout the three acts."
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12/07/2015   Classical CD Choice

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"This latest performance is one of the most exuberant and life-affirming that the piece has ever received"
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30/06/2015   David's Review Corner

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The sound is excellent with ideal balance between soloists and orchestra which also reveals every small orchestral detail."
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09/06/2015   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
5/6 Hjerter

"Alt føles rigtigt, og han kommer paletten rundt. Både det kradsbørstige og det poetiske sidder lige i øjet."
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Vocal Release of the Year

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06/09/2010   Opera News

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"All four works on this disc receive first-rate performances."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den entusiasme, der præger indspilningen, og den klingende tidsånd fra begyndelsen af det 20. århundrede berettiger fuldt ud udgivelsen."
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04/04/2010   Diapason

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas

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01/04/2010   Classics Today

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"All of the music here is well sung, played, and recorded"
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26/03/2010   Classical Lost and Found

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"The substantial combined forces (...) under conductor Bo Holten are perfectly suited to this celebratory music."
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09/03/2010   allmusic.com

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
4 Stars

"The performances led by Bo Holten are sincere, heartfelt, and determined."
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04/03/2010   OPUS

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
4½ Stars

"Framförandena är goda. Mathias Hedegaards tenor påminner om tenorlegenden (och lansmannen) Aksel Schiøtz."
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09/02/2010   Musicweb International

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"The pleasure is enhanced by some wonderfully well-rehearsed singing - burnished and superbly drilled."
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02/01/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den er forfriskende dansk med folkehøjskolen på sidelinjen."
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31/10/2009   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Bo Holten får alt ud af musikken"
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Photo: PR-foto

Discography

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220641-42 (2015)

There is a spell upon your lips
There is a spell upon your lips
Martin Lutz

CD 8.224724 (2015)

Cantatas
Cantatas
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.226079 (2009)

First recordings of newly unveiled and festive works by the great Danish composer

Serenades and Romances
Serenades and Romances
Nielsen, Weyse, Lange-Müller, Kunzen

CD 8.226012 (2007)

Smiles and longings of a summer night embodied by the young tenor Mathias Hedegaard


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