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Royal Danish Opera Choir  

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The Chorus of the Royal Danish Opera consists of 60 singers – 30 ladies and 30 gentlemen. The Chorus has garnered high acclaim from reviewers in Denmark and abroad, and has been called the world’s best opera chorus. Besides appearing in the opera productions of the Royal Danish Theare the Chorus also engages in extensive concert activities.

Live Dates

30/08/2016   Die Deutche Bühne

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
“Die filmisch hervorragend reproduzierte Inszenierung von David Pountney erzält in Breitwandformat”
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30/08/2016   Kurier für Karlsruhe

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
“Eine qualitative herausragende Aufnahme unter Leitung von Michael Schønwandt, die bestens dazu angetan ist, für hierzulande eher unbelichtete Werk zu werben.”
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30/08/2016   SWR 2

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
”Lohnenswert und anregend.”
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30/08/2016   OperaLounge

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
”Michael Schønwandt ist der einfühlsame Sachwalter für diese Musik.”
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30/08/2016   Concerti

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
4/5 Stars

”Michael Schønwandt am Pult des mit brillianten Streichern aufwartenden Royal Danish Orchestra gestaltet die Melange aus archaischer Wucht, tänzerischer Eleganz und neoklassisch klarer Figuranenanalyse mit einer hervorragendem Ensemble sinnlich und nuanciert.”
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22/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Si la précision musicale et la prise de son ne peuvent rivaliser avec celles de l’enregistrement studio, voilà néanmoins le témoignage d’une soirée on ne peut plus festive."
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12/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "Pour l'interprétation magistrale de Johan Reuter et la direction vibrante de Michael Schønwandt, ce premier DVD de l'œuvre s'impose avec évidence."
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07/07/2016   ConcertoNet.com

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "The performances are on the whole impressive. Johan Reuter is one of today’s top baritones and he gives a thoroughly committed performance in the title role. Niels Jørgen Riis has a tenor that glows ecstatically [..]. Bass Morten Staugaard is most impressive as Samuel. The young Norwegian baritone, Leif Jone Ølberg, displays a notably attractive voice as Abner." [..]
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03/06/2016   Weekendavisen

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"DVD-optagelsen formidler nærbilleder af intens styrke, og ude i verden vil Reuters minespil lede tankerne hen på giganter som Brando og Welles, [..]"
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31/05/2016   The Wholenote

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"This exciting DVD presents Carl Nielsen’s remarkable opera Saul and David (1901) recorded live at the Royal Danish Opera, in a production celebrating Nielsen’s 150th birthday. It offers a stellar cast, Michael Schønwandt’s brilliant conducting, David Pountney’s provocative stage direction and optional English or Danish subtitles."[..]
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07/04/2016   MusicWeb International

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"...admiration for a magnificent cast putting their all into a remarkable piece of early Nielsen, […] The upside of this performance is the quality of singing by both soloists and chorus and the magnificently powerful orchestra under the inspired direction of Michael Schønwandt."
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01/04/2016   Classica

Carl Nielsen Saul & David
4/4 Stars

[..] "Une réussite."
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02/03/2016   Forum Opera

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"Quant au Saül de Johan Reuter, ses qualités d'acteur impressionnent sans doute davantage que ses pures forces vocales, mais il n'en compose pas moins un mémorable personnage ravagé par le doute et la jalousie."
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02/02/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"På plussiden må noteres, at en række af legebarnet Pountneys påhit er meget virkningsfulde. Og hvad det musikalske angår er alt i de bedste hænder hos Det Kongelige Kapel og Operakor, dirigeret af Nielsen-specialisten Michael Schønwandt."
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01/02/2016   Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"Saul er en splittet person, Johan Reuter fremstiller ham formidabelt. Michael Schønwandt skaber musikalsk perfekt indlevelse."
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05/12/2011   American Record Guide

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
"The performance and production are beyond reproach. Camera work keeps the singers in almost constant close-ups, and their acting is compelling. So is their singing."
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21/11/2011   Gramophone

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
"Holten has produced a serious, thought-provoking drama and as such it is not to be underestimated."
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19/07/2010   Records International

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
"A compelling and emotionally gripping opera in the finest tradition of the genre."
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11/06/2010   Nordjyske Stiftstidende

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
5 Stars

"Man kan kun glæde sig over DVD'ens udsøgte kvalitet."
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07/05/2010   Klassisk

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
4 Stars

"Smukkere kærlighedshistorie skal man lede længe efter"
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01/04/2010   Ballet Review

Poul Ruders: Kafka's Trial and Four Dances
"Knussen and his Birminghamforces give their all throughout."
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Discography

Saul & David
Saul & David
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110412 (2015)

The Visit of the Royal Physician (DVD)
The Visit of the Royal Physician (DVD)
Bo Holten

DVD 2.110408 (2010)

Bo Holten's new and greatly received opera on DVD recorded live from the Royal Opera in Copenhagen

Maskarade (DVD)
Maskarade (DVD)
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110407 (2007)

The Danish "national opera" in a rebellious, witty new interpretation

Kafka's Trial
Kafka's Trial
Poul Ruders

CD 8.226042-43 (2006)

The vibrant successor to Ruders’ world success The Handmaid’s Tale

Famous Opera Choruses
Famous Opera Choruses
Wagner, Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Borodin, Nielsen

SACD 6.220512 (2005)

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
Poul Ruders

CD 8.224165-66 (2001)

Vor tids stærkeste opera – et genialt og rystende værk


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