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Guido Paevatalu  

baritone

Guido Paevatalu made his debut in 1982 at the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen. Since then he has sung Mozart roles such as the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the title role in Don Giovanni and Papageno in The Magic Flute; Italian roles such as Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff; Wagner roles like Wolfram in Tannhäuser and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger, as well as roles in operas by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Richard Strauss and Britten. Guido Paevatalu has appeared in several productions for DR-TV, including Carl Nielsen’s Masquerade, Heise’s King and Marshal and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. At the Danish National Opera in Aarhus he has sung Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and he has given concerts with a wide range of orchestras in Denmark as well as in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Austria, Holland, France, Hungary and Germany. He has sung at the Mozart Festival in Vienna, at Savonlinna in Finland, at the Bergen Festival, in Leipzig and Munich and at Opera Ireland. He has recorded several CDs including Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with Dmitry Kitaenko, Kunzen’s Holger Danske with Thomas Dausgaard, Gade’s The Elf-Shot and Dupuy’s Youth and Folly with Michael Schønwandt, as well as a solo CD of Danish romances.

Live Dates

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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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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22/01/2016   American Record Guide

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"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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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   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   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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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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16/09/2015   The Guardian

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Cast, conductor and orchestra relish every bar"
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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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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben"
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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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03/01/2012   Opera

Poul Ruders: Selma Jekozà
"...an outstanding record of a quite extraordinary work. I can't recommend it too highly"
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01/10/2011   Klassisk

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
4/5 Stars

"Det cirkulære handlingsforløb og den enkle scenografi virker stærkt og klart på skærmen"
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30/06/2011   International Record Review

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"The whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration ... If a UK staging of Selma Jezková is not already scheduled, it certainly ought to be."
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01/06/2011   David's Review Corner

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"One act operas have been singularly unsuccessful in the history of opera, but this compelling story may prove the exception".
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15/03/1996  

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
DANISH GRAMMY AWARD
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15/03/1996  

F.L.Ae. Kunzen Holger Danske
AMERICAN GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE
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Discography

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220641-42 (2015)

Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Poul Ruders

DVD 2.110410 (2011)

Poul Ruders' heart-rending opera from 2010 based on Lars von Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark"

The Royal Guest
The Royal Guest
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.226020 (2005)

A wonderful fable of love – and one of the most successful Danish operas ever

The Sleeping Draught
The Sleeping Draught
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224149-50 (2001)

Complete recording of the charming and lively Singspiel that became one of the hits of the 1800s in Danish music

Renaissance
Renaissance
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224109 (2000)

Fuldmoden dansk nationalromantik af en elsket mester

Der var engang (Once upon a time)
Der var engang (Once upon a time)
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224084 (1997)

Songs and music from the Romantic fairytale comedy. A bestseller 100 years ago and today!

Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and Folly)
Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and Folly)
Edouard Dupuy

CD 8.224066-67 (1997)

A witty, melodious Singspiel, performed hundreds of times since the premiere in 1806!

Elverskud (The Elf King's Daughter)
Elverskud (The Elf King's Daughter)
Niels W. Gade

CD 8.224051 (1996)

Holger Danske
Holger Danske
F.L.Ae. Kunzen

CD 8.224036-37 (1995)


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